Friday, November 5, 2010
RIP Emilio Franco
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 3:16 PM on 4th November 2010
Actor and nightclub owner Emilio Franco has been gunned down after a suspected 'hit' at his California home.
Franco, 53, was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting in the 9300 block of Gainford Avenue in Downey, police officials said in a written statement.
The owner of several night spots including Los Angeles club El Farallon.
Police and local reports say Franco was killed when he attempted to confront two suspects thought to be trying to rob Franco's Downey residence in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
One man was wounded at the scene and is being treated at a hospital while police are looking for a second suspect who is believed to have fled the scene after a 'home-invasion robbery'.
Police believe Franco, an actor and singer turned businessman, may have been followed to his home by the suspects before the apparent attempted robbery.
Relatives have since confirmed that Franco's wife and pregnant daughter are alive and were in the home when the shooting took place.
'Officers were dispatched to a possible prowler call with 'shots heard' at a residence on Gainford Avenue,' said a statement from Downey police.
'When officers arrived, family members contacted them and said there were intruders inside the residence.'
Officers said Franco was found lying on the floor of his home suffering from a fatal gunshot wound.
One of the suspects in the deadly intrusion was also found inside the home suffering from a gunshot wound, Downey police Detective Sam Gatfield told the Whittier Daily News.
'That suspect was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital where he is listed in serious condition and expected to survive,' Gatfield added.
A second suspect in the killing was spotted by witnesses fleeing the area on foot and remained at large. He was only described as wearing dark clothing.
Franco's neighbour said the late nightclub owner was a pleasant and personable man. 'My mom use to be the secretary down in Lynwood at El Farallon night club for about 14 years,' she said. 'He was a very funny man, a very helping person and even though he had money he was just a down to earth person. He was really nice. 'I remember on Tuesdays he would do a barbecue for all of his workers on his ranch. It was fun. He would let us borrow his horses,' Renteria added. 'He would always give people whatever he could.'
Franco's residence was said to be in a peaceful and quiet area but an anonymous source quoted by Indiepropub.com suggested the actor and businessman 'had a dark side, with ties to drug dealing'.
The same source alleged Franco's nightclubs in El Monte, Riverside and Lynwood, California, were 'hangouts of the narco-criminal element' and said Franco's death was the result of a 'hit'.
Franco's family could not be reached for comment by local outlets on Wednesday.
Born: 1956 Mexico
Died: 10/3/2010, Downey, California, U.S.A.
Emilio Franco's western - actor:
La fuga de los Pérez - 1995