Thursday, 21 March, 2019

Alleged New York mob boss shot and killed on Staten Island

879581_web1_PTR-CrimeBoss-031419 TNS Gambino crime family boss Frank “Franky Boy” Cali
Kenny Thornton | 14 March, 2019, 13:39

Francesco "Frank" Cali, reputed boss of the Gambino organized crime family, was fatally shot on Wednesday night at his Staten Island home.

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He was pronounced dead at a hospital soon after.

No arrests were immediately made and police were scouring for video and looking for witnesses to the shooting, police said.

The New York Daily News stated that a family member called 911 and said Cali was run over before he was shot; one witness told the Daily News, "There were like six shots, and then there were three more".

'The man was on the ground face-up.

Prosecutors claimed that Cali was the Gambinos' ambassador to the Sicilian mobsters and the go-between for the two organisations.

According to a 2008 Advance report, Cali - who also went by "Franky Boy", - was born in Brooklyn and married into the Inzerillo family of Palermo and cultivated close ties with members of the Siderno cartel in Italy.

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According to reports, Cali's death marks the highest ranking member of a NY crime family to be murdered in decades.

An alleged mafia boss has been reportedly been shot and killed outside his home in NY.

Gotti then ran the Gambino family until he was convicted in 1992 of racketeering and five counts of murder.

Gotti died of cancer in prison in 2002.

During his reign, Cali was the backbone of the heroin and Oxycontin trade, according to The New York Post.

Unlike other mobsters, Cali had few run-ins with the law.

The Gambino criminal organisation is one of the "Five Families" of organised crime in NY, alongside the Bonanno, Colombo, Genovese and Lucchese families. Some of the indictments included murder, drug trafficking, robbery and extortion, according to The Mob Museum. He was sentenced to 16 months in federal prison and was released in 2009.

Business Insider said Cali essentially was in charge of New York City's city's food industry and was worth an estimated $30 million.

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