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Top leader of crime family shot dead in New York

16 March, 2019, 22:45 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • Reputed Boss Of Gambino Crime Family Gunned Down In New York

The head of the Gambino crime family was shot and killed outside his home in Staten Island on Wednesday night, according to NY media reports.

Cali, 53, was fatally shot multiple times to his torso shortly after 9 p.m. (0100 GMT on Thursday) in front of his home, police said.

As he strolled out of his red-brick mansion on Staten Island the reputed mob boss Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali probably felt safe.

"There are no arrests and the investigation is ongoing", police said.

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.

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.

Castellano's death led to the rise of John "Dapper Don" Gotti, who then took over as Gambino family boss, running criminal enterprises ranging from gambling to money laundering to prostitution.

Cali reportedly became the Gambino godfather in 2015 and is said to have brought a new crop of Italians to NY straight from Sicily.

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After all, it had been 34 years since a Mafia don like him had been "whacked" on the streets of NY.

A law enforcement official confirmed to CNN that the victim was a high-ranking member of the Gambino organized crime family and is believed to be the acting boss.

Last week, Carmine Persico, the 85-year-old former boss of the Colombo organisation, died after serving 33 years of a 139-year prison sentence.

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

"We thought those days were over", Mayor Bill de Blasio said of Cali's slaying. "The word that I'm hearing is this: That there's old school tension and friction".

However, he says the recent murder "is turning all of those years on its head".

Last October, 71-year-old Sylvester Zottola of the Bonanno family was shot dead while waiting in his vehicle for an order from a Bronx McDonald's.

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.

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