Reputed Gambino Crime Boss Shot & Killed In New York

Crime scene tape laid across street where Francesco Cali 53 was shot dead

One of the last of the reputed old-school mob bosses, Gambino crime family chief Francesco Cali, was gunned down and run over in front of his Staten Island home Wednesday night, city authorities confirmed.

Francesco Cali, 53, was found with multiple gunshot wounds to his body outside his home on Staten Island, according to the New York Police Department. "EMS also responded to the scene and transported the victim to Staten Island University North, where he was pronounced deceased".

No arrests have been made and an investigation is ongoing as police search for a blue pickup truck that fled the gruesome scene after it is believed to have run Cali over.

His murder is the first of a NY mob boss since Paul Castellano was famously assassinated at Sparks Steakhouse in 1985.

His power and rise within the Gambino clan was owed in large part to his family connections in Palermo, Sicily; Cali reportedly married Rosaria Inzerillo, the daughter of a prominent Sicilian mob faction that was once one of the island's most powerful.

The head of one of the infamous five mob families of NY has been murdered. It has been led in the past by infamous mobsters such as Carlo Gambino and John Gotti.

The late NY native had served time in recent years, too.




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

Cali was first reported to be in charge of the Gambino family in 2015. He was succeeded in 2011 by Domenico Cefalu, only to be replaced four years later by Cali. Paul Castellano was shot dead in 1985 outside Sparks steakhouse in Midtown Manhattan on the orders of John Gotti, who then took over the Gambino organisation.

That hit was ordered by Gotti, who later took over the family until being convicted of racketeering and Castellano's murder in 1992. Despite having been in prison since 1986 - serving a 139-year sentence - he was said to have been running the family from behind bars.

Along with the Gambino organisation, the other NY families are known as Bonanno, Colombo, Genovese and Lucchese.

The reputed boss of New York's Gambino crime family was shot to death in front of his home by a gunman who may have staged a vehicle accident to lure him outside, dying a virtual unknown compared with his swaggering 1980s-era predecessor, John Gotti.

The reputed Colombo boss, Carmine "The Snake" Persico died about a week ago, aged 85.

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