Reputed boss of Gambino crime family shot dead in NY

Reputed boss of Gambino crime family shot dead in NY

NY media say it is the first killing of a family boss in the city since the Gambino family's Paul Castellano was shot dead outside a restaurant in 1985 on the orders of John Gotti.

Franceso "Frank" Cali was taken to Staten Island University Hospital North and pronounced dead, the New York Post reported.

A witness told The New York Daily News: 'There were like six shots, and then there were three more.

A panicked family member called 911, telling a dispatcher Cali was deliberately run over before he was shot, sources said.

'The man was on the ground face-up.

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Police sources reportedly said the shooter fled the scene in a blue pickup truck. His head was by his SUV, and the truck was open'.

The Gambino crime family is one of New York's notorious "Five Families" and traces its origins to the early 20th century.

The appointment allowed Cali to join the ranks of former leaders like John Gotti and Carlo Gambino.

Cali, who was born and raised in NY, was the nephew-in-law of John Gambino and the great-nephew of Bonanno mobsters Vito Bonventre and Giovanni Bonventre.

The Gambino Family was once among the most powerful criminal organizations in the US, but federal prosecutions in the 1980s and 1990s sent its top leaders to prison and diminished its reach. Like other mafia families, the Gambinos took their methods from the crime families in Italy - La Cosa Nostra - and were involved in illegal activities like loan-sharking, extortion, prostitution, gambling and money laundering - as well as the frequent assaults and murders associated with those types of business ventures. The Daily Beast noted, "Cali's home is a two-minute drive from where one of his predecessors, late Gambino boss Paul Castellano, lived in an ostentatious mansion dubbed the White House until he was executed outside Sparks Steak House in Manhattan in 1985". John Gotti and his turncoat underboss, Sammy "Bull" Gravano watched the action from Third Avenue.

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