Mob Boss Gunned Down Outside Staten Island Home

Mob Boss Gunned Down Outside Staten Island Home

Mob Boss Gunned Down Outside Staten Island Home

Police said Thursday they were reviewing surveillance-camera video of the attack on Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali, 53, who was gunned down Wednesday night at his red-brick colonial-style house in a quiet Staten Island neighbourhood.

The 53-year-old was found with multiple gunshot wounds to the torso, according to the New York Police Department. EMS responded to the scene and transported Cali to Staten Island University North, where he was pronounced dead. Police told NBC News affiliate WNBC that a suspect fled in a blue pickup truck.

The last Mafia boss to be shot to death in New York City was Gambino don Paul Castellano, assassinated on Gotti's direction while getting out of a black limousine outside a high-end midtown Manhattan steakhouse in 1985.

The Gambino family is one of New York's five historic Italian Mafia families - along with the Genoveses, Luccheses, Colombos and Bonannos.

"Cali is seen as a man of influence and power by organised crime members in Italy", US assistant attorney Joey Lipton told the court, the New York Daily News reported at the time.

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.

The body of mafia crime boss Paul Castellano lies on a stretcher outside the Sparks Steak House in New York after he and his bodyguard were gunned down Dec. 16 1985

A native of Sicily, Cali has deep mob roots, and his wife is the niece of Gambino capo John Gambino.

Cali lived in the Todt Hill section of Staten Island, on a leafy street near the private Richmond County Country Club golf course - and not far from where Castellano lived in a mansion when he ran the Gambino family.

After exiting a limousine outside the restaurant, Castellano and his underboss, Thomas Bilotti, were approached by three men in trench coats who shot them each about six times, The New York Times reported at the time. He was succeeded in 2011 by Domenico Cefalu, only to be replaced four years later by Cali.

Francesco Cali, supposed leader of the Gambino crime family, was shot to death on Wednesday night.

The body of mafia crime boss Paul Castellano lies on a stretcher outside the Sparks Steak House in NY after he and his bodyguard were gunned down December 16, 1985. He was sentenced to 16 months in federal prison and released in 2009. The other families are the Lucchese, Bonanno, Colombo, and Genovese families.

- Frank Cali, the Gambino crime family boss, was shot and killed in Staten Island on March 13, 2019, United States media reported.


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