Gambino Crime Boss Frank Cali Killed Outside His Home

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

NY police are hunting the hitman who gunned down Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali on Wednesday - witnesses and officials say the killer then made sure the 53-year-old Gambino mob boss was dead by running over him with a blue pickup truck.

The FDNY responded at 9:18 p.m.to a home in the upscale Todt Hill section of Staten Island.

Among law enforcement officials, Cali was known as a "real quiet old-school boss" - one police source told the New York Post.

Authorities are investigating Cali's death, and some media reports note a blue pickup was seen leaving the scene shortly after the shooting.

NY media say it is the first killing of a family boss in the city since the Gambino family's Paul Castellano was shot dead outside a restaurant in 1985 on the orders of John Gotti.

Federal prosecutors referred to Cali in court filings in recent years as the underboss of the Mafia's Gambino family, once one of the most powerful and feared crime organizations in the country.

Investigators are probing whether Cali's slaying was sanctioned by New York's five families, or whether it was the work of a rogue gunman, sources say.

According to the New York Daily News, Cali, a native of Sicily, was part of the Gambino family ruling panel during this leadership vacuum.

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

He had pleaded guilty in an extortion conspiracy involving a failed attempt to build a NASCAR track in Staten Island.

Cali, who was born and raised in NY, was the nephew-in-law of John Gambino and the great-nephew of Bonanno mobsters Vito Bonventre and Giovanni Bonventre.

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

The last "Don" to be murdered, "Big Paul" Castellano, was also head of the Gambino family.

Castellano was the leader of the Gambino crime family when he was shot to death outside Sparks Steakhouse in Midtown Manhattan in 1985. He died in 2002 while serving a prison sentence, but he has a brother Gene, who got out of prison six months ago after serving 29 years for dealing heroin.

Cali was named head of the family in summer 2013, DNA Info reported at the time, taking over total control of the more than 750-person organization. Traditionally these families are known as the Bonnano, Genovese, Lucchese, Colombo, and Gambino.

At the time, it was said that Cali and others allegedly arranged, through force and threat of force, to receive cash payments from someone who had worked on the project.

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