Gambino crime family boss fatally shot at Staten Island home

14 March, 2019, 15:53 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Reputed Gambino Crime Boss Frank Cali Shot Dead In Front Of Staten Island Home

Police confirmed the identity of Cali, who was pronounced dead at Staten Island University Hospital.

Gambino family mobster Francesco "Frank" Cali has been murdered in what local media say is the first major NY gang killing in more than 30 years.

A 911 caller reported a blue pickup truck, which may have ran over Cali before or after the shooting, was seen driving away from the scene, according to WABC.

PHOTO: Francesco Cali, 53, was murdered outside his home in Staten Island, New York, on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. "His head was by his SUV, and the truck was open", the witness told the outlet.

He was believed to have had deep ties to the mafia in Italy: As Staten Island Live reports, Cali "was born in Brooklyn and married into the Inzerillo family of Palermo and cultivated close ties with members of the Siderno cartel in Italy".

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.

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Cali is the first mob boss to be taken out since John Gotti Sr. orchestrated the assassination of then-Gambino boss Paul Castellano in 1985, according to The New York Post.

"There were like six shots, and then there were three more", one witness, who asked that her name not be used, told The New York Daily News. Gotti died while in prison in 2002 of throat cancer and Gambino died in 1976.

Cali, a native of Sicily, became the de facto godfather of the Gambinos in 2015.

Business Insider reported in 2013 that Cali had reportedly turned down an offer to head the crime family.

During his reign, Cali was the backbone of the heroin and Oxycontin trade, according to The New York Post. In 1985, Paul Castellano was executed as he arrived at Sparks Steakhouse in Manhattan. He was sentenced to 16 months in federal prison and released in 2009.

Rudolph W. Giuliani, who at the time was the United States Attorney for the Southern District of NY, condemned the killings and vowed to find those responsible.

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