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Alleged Gambino Crime Family Boss Frank Cali Shot Dead Outside Home

14 March, 2019, 15:54 | Author: Taylor George
  • The body of former mob boss John Gotti is carried from Papavero Funeral Home in the Queens borough of New York 15 June 2002

Police responded to a 911 call Wednesday night of an assault in front of the home in the NY borough of Staten Island.

The reputed head of New York's notorious Gambino crime family has been shot dead on Staten Island in the first targeted killing of a mob boss in the city in more than 30 years.

New York Police Department and New York City Fire Department units at the scene where mafia crime boss Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali, 53, was shot dead on Staten Island. Another witness told the Daily News: "The man was on the ground face-up".

No arrests were immediately made and police were scouring for video and looking for witnesses to the shooting, police said. His head was by his SUV, and the truck was open'.

The Gambino operation is said to be one of the five historic Italian-US mafia families in NY.

He had long ties with the Sicilian mafia and the Gambino family, and was said to have intentionally kept a low profile during his time in charge.

Cali was the first NY crime family boss shot since 1985, when Paul Castellano, who owned a mansion on Todt Hill, was executed as he arrived at Sparks Steakhouse in Manhattan.

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Since Gotti's downfall, the Gambinos - and other mafia families - have lost much of the power they once had over politicians, judges and labor unions.

An alleged mafia boss has been reportedly been shot and killed outside his home in NY.

Cali infused the family with a new crop of immigrant Italian gangsters and focused on the heroin and Oxycontin trade, sources told The Post in September.

Cali only had one criminal conviction, having spent 16 months for a 2008 federal extortion charge in connection with a failed bit to build a NASCAR race track in Staten Island.

"The assassination of Mr. Cali came on the same day that Joseph Cammarano Jr., the reputed acting boss of the Bonanno crime family, was acquitted at trial", The New York Times reports, "and about a week after Carmine J. Persico, a longtime boss of the Colombo crime family, died in prison at age 85".

The shooting wasn't the only recent mob assassination in NY.

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