Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Notorious Corsican gangster shot dead

A notorious gangster was killed and another seriously wounded in a suspected tit-for-tat shooting at an ariport on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica. Antoine "Tony the Butcher" Quilichini, 49, died on the spot from a bullet to the head and Jean-Luc Codaccioni, 54, was flown by helicopter to hospital after being shot in a carpark at the airport at Bastia on the north of the island.
Quilichini was convicted in 2016 in the murder Jean-Claude Colonna, the cousin of mafia boss Jean-Baptiste Jérôme Colonna. Quilichini is an associate of a notorious gang in the north of the island.

Corsica has a long history of organized crime, including heroin smuggling that inspired the 1972 film The French Connection.