Reputed New York crime boss shot dead outside home

Blanche Robertson
March 16, 2019

No arrests have been made and an investigation is ongoing as police search for a blue pickup truck that fled the gruesome scene after it is believed to have run Cali over.

"He has a conversation with an individual in front of that residence and that individual at some point in time, it's only about a minute into it, pulls out a firearm and shots are fired", said NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea. His head was by his SUV, and the truck was open'.

Cali was the first NY crime family boss shot in 34 years, according to WPIX.

Cali became the boss of the Gambino family in 2015 according to local media, taking over from Domenico Cefalù.

Police said Thursday they were reviewing surveillance-camera video of the attack on Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali, 53, who was gunned down Wednesday night at his red-brick colonial-style house in a quiet Staten Island neighborhood.

He died in prison in 2002, leaving a notorious legacy that cemented New York's place in mob lore.

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The Gambino family is one of New York's five historic Italian Mafia families - along with the Genoveses, Luccheses, Colombos and Bonannos.

Shea said there has been a slight uptick in alleged mob-related violence in NY within the a year ago.

The Gambino family was once the nation's largest and most influential organized crime group, but several of its leaders were convicted in the 1990s of crimes that included murder and racketeering. "Very surprising, but I guess old habits die hard".

Gambino headed the organization until 1976, when he handed power over to his brother-in-law Paul Castellano.

The Gambino family was once considered the biggest organised crime group in the U.S., the New York Times reports, but began to decline after Gotti and other senior figures were jailed. One neighbor told the New York Times he heard a burst of about seven gunshots. As prosecutors tried and failed to bring him down, he came to be called the Teflon Don.

Last October, Bonanno crime family associate Sylvester Zottola, 71, was gunned down at a Bronx McDonald's drive-thru as he waited for a coffee. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 16 months in prison.

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