Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Reputed boss of Gambino crime family shot dead in NY

Reputed boss of Gambino crime family shot dead in NY

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

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

"Upon arrival, officers found a 53-year-old male with multiple gunshot wounds to the torso", the department told the news outlet.

Police added he was taken to Staten Island University North hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

In 2012, Cali was identified as the new underboss of the Gambino crime family. Officials, however, have not disclosed whether Cali was mowed down by the vehicle.

'The man was on the ground face-up. "His head was by his SUV, and the truck was open", the witness told the outlet.

His wife and children were inside the home in the swanky Todt Hill area.

Jerry Capeci, a mob expert who writes for the website, said Thursday that Cali is part of a Siclian faction now in control of the Gambino family.

One woman yelled into her phone, "Why doesn't the ambulance come?" Another woman "was just making loud noises", she said.

"The cops came, and they were pushing on his chest, but he wasn't responding", the witness elaborated.

Cali becomes the first Mafia boss murdered in NY since Paul Castellano was gunned down outside Sparks steakhouse in Midtown in 1985.

Most likely, he was already dead by the time the pickup sped away into the night.

Gotti, who later died in prison, took over the Gambino family at the time.

A prosecutor echoed those sentiments at a 2008 bail hearing, saying Cali was seen "as a man of influence and power by organized crime members in Italy".

Cali, who was known throughout his life as "Franky Boy", is the nephew-in-law of Sicilian mobster John Gambino and had close ties to the Sicilian Mafia family led by Salvatore Inzerillo. He was sentenced to 16 months in federal prison and released in 2009.

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

DeCicco was the No. 2 figure in the Gambino family in 1986 when he died in a auto bombing in Brooklyn.

The reputed leader of the Gambino crime family - once headed by infamous mobster John Gotti - was gunned down outside his home late Wednesday. He was serving a 139-year prison term.

Paul Castellano, the Gambino family head at that time, was shot in the street on Manhattan's East Side.

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