Reputed New York crime boss shot dead outside home

Reputed New York crime boss shot dead outside home

Reputed New York crime boss shot dead outside home

Francesco Cali, 53, was found with multiple gunshot wounds to the torso in the NY borough of Staten Island, the NYPD said. Police revealed that the shooter fired at least six times before running him over and fleeing the scene.

Police say there are no arrests and that the investigation is ongoing.

Federal prosecutors had referred to Cali in court filings in recent years as the underboss of the Gambino organization.

New York's major crime families, the Gambinos, the Luccheses, the Genoveses, the Bonannos and the Colombos, have seen some decline over the past few decades, as federal law enforcement agencies have tried to extricate their influence from construction and other major industries. Gotti died in prison in 2002.

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.

The Gambino family was once among the most powerful criminal organizations in the US, but federal prosecutions in the 1980s and 1990s sent Gotti and other top leaders to prison, diminishing its reach.

Sources said the getaway vehicle was a blue pickup truck, reported NBC New York.

Police at the scene where Gambino mob boss Frank Cali was fatally shot on Hilltop Terrace in Staten Island.

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

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.

A witness told The New York Daily News: 'There were like six shots, and then there were three more.

Unlike the well-dressed Gotti of the late 1980s and early 1990s, Cali kept a low profile. But at the age of 89 - roughly five years after he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for his role in 11 murders, Bulger was found dead in 2018 a West Virginia prison.

The Gambino family was once considered the biggest organised crime group in the United States, the New York Times reports, but began to decline after Gotti and other senior figures were jailed.

He was promoted to acting boss of the Gambino crime family in 2015 and was involved in trafficking heroin and Oxycontin, they alleged.

Following Castellano's murder, Gotti headed the Gambino family until his incarceration for conspiracy and murder in 1992.

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.

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