Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Alleged Gambino Crime Family Boss Frank Cali Shot Dead Outside Home

Alleged Gambino Crime Family Boss Frank Cali Shot Dead Outside Home

The reputed boss of New York's Gambino crime family, Francesco "Frank" Cali, was shot dead outside his NY home, police said.

Cops say Cali was shot six times in the chest then run over by a blue pickup truck outside his home in the Todt Hill neighborhood of the borough.

EMS responded to the scene and transported Cali to Staten Island University North where he was pronounced dead.

The motive for the attack was under investigation, police said.

Fox News noted, "Cali, who had roots in Sicily and ties to the Sicilian Mafia, was the highest-ranking organized crime figure to be murdered in New York City since 1985, when Paul Castellano was assassinated as he arrived as Sparks Steakhouse in Manhattan, according to WPIX-TV".

Following his death, notorious mobster John Gotti was named the new head of the crime family until 1992 when he was found guilty on multiple charges including murder, conspiracy to commit murder, bribery and tax evasion.

Cali joined the family when it was still one of the most powerful criminal organisations in the US.

In 2015, Cali, who was known as "Franky Boy", became the acting boss of the Gambino family-one of New York City's "Five Families"-replacing 68-year-old Domenico Cefalu".

Last week, Carmine Persico, the former boss of New York's Colombo organisation, died after serving 33 years of a 139-year prison sentence.

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. "The word that I'm hearing is this: That there's old school tension and friction".

It wasn't the first such spattering of gore in recent years, however.

Just three months earlier, Zottola's son, Salvatore Zottola, was ambushed by a gunman and left for dead on a leafy street outside his family's Bronx compound. As prosecutors tried and failed to bring him down, he came to be called the Teflon Don.

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