Reputed Boss of Gambino Mafia Family Shot, Killed on Staten Island

Reputed Boss of Gambino Mafia Family Shot, Killed on Staten Island

A caller to 911 said that as many as seven shots were heard, but police have not reported how many times Cali was hit.

Cali, 53, was shot outside his large, detached house in Staten Island at about 9.20pm on Wednesday, then run over with a pick-up truck.

The grisly scene saw Francesco "Frank" Cali shot dead outside his colonial-style red-brick home on Staten Island, police said Thursday. His head was by his SUV, and the truck was open'.

USA media reported the 53-year-old's death marked the first murder of a NY mob boss in 34 years, since the death of Paul Castellano - another Gambino family boss - by order of John Gotti.

New York Mob boss Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali was taken off the board Wednesday night in a hit reminiscent of an underworld greatest hits package.

Castellano's death led to the rise of John "Dapper Don" Gotti, who then took over as Gambino family boss, running criminal enterprises ranging from gambling to money laundering to prostitution.

The person who whacked Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali appears to have lured the Gambino crime boss out of his Staten Island home by smashing into the mobster's auto, law enforcement sources said Thursday.

Reputed Boss Of Gambino Crime Family Gunned Down In New York

Gotti was convicted of racketeering and murder in 1992 and died of cancer in prison in 2002, at the age of 61.

The Genovese, Gambino, Lucchese, Colombo and Bonanno mafia families are believed to have controlled organised crime in NY for decades.

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Shea said there has been a slight uptick in alleged mob-related violence in NY within the a year ago. "The word that I'm hearing is this: That there's old school tension and friction". Paul Castellano also owned a home there.

The Gambino crime family is one of what is widely referred to as "The Five Families" of Italian organized crime operations in New York City and other parts of the United States. At a 2008 bail, a prosecutor said Cali was seen "as a man of influence and power by organised crime members in Italy".

A week ago, Persico died after serving 33 years in prison. He was sentenced to 16 months in federal prison and released in 2009.

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