Gambino crime family boss fatally shot at Staten Island home

Reputed Gambino Crime Boss Frank Cali Shot Dead In Front Of Staten Island Home

NY police are hunting the hitman who gunned down Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali on Wednesday - witnesses and officials say the killer then made sure the 53-year-old Gambino mob boss was dead by running over him with a blue pickup truck.

Cali, 53, was shot several times in the Todt Hill district of Staten Island on Wednesday evening and died later in hospital. "EMS also responded to the scene and transported the victim to Staten Island University North, where he was pronounced deceased". Witnesses told NY media outlets that they heard a number of shots before a blue pickup truck fled the area.

The murder reminded Mob fans of the last NY "hit" on a Mafia boss, almost 40 years ago.

His power and rise within the Gambino clan was owed in large part to his family connections in Palermo, Sicily; Cali reportedly married Rosaria Inzerillo, the daughter of a prominent Sicilian mob faction that was once one of the island's most powerful.

It's unclear whether Cali's murder was carried out by a rogue actor or approved by other members of the Italian American mafia in New York City.

What could be more New York than the headline in the New York Post, reporting the killing of reputed Gambino family leader Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali?

Reputed Gambino Crime Boss Frank Cali Shot Dead In Front Of Staten Island Home

Later that year, he pleaded guilty to extortion conspiracy related to the planned construction of a NASCAR speedway on Staten Island - a plan that eventually was scrapped. Rising Gambino family mobster John Gotti allegedly ordered the hit on Castellano.

Charges against members of Mafia operations, including Gambino family operatives, have included murder, loan sharking, gambling and illegal drug distribution, Reuters has reported. On April 6, 2009 he was released from prison.

Shea said there has been a slight uptick in alleged mob-related violence in NY within the a year ago. Castellano's 1985 murder was orchestrated by late John Gotti, who then became the head of the Gambino family.

Along with the Gambino organisation, the other NY families are known as Bonanno, Colombo, Genovese and Lucchese.

NY media reported that 53-year-old Cali was shot multiple times outside his auto on Staten Island on Wednesday evening, local time, by an unidentified man who then fled the scene in a blue vehicle.

Last week, Carmine Persico, the 85-year-old former boss of the Colombo organisation, died after serving 33 years of a 139-year prison sentence.

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