Three Times the Gambino Crime Family Has Made Headlines

Three Times the Gambino Crime Family Has Made Headlines

Frank Cali (otherwise known as "Franky Boy") was shot and killed on Wednesday night outside his home on Staten Island.

Cali, 53, was fatally shot multiple times to his torso shortly after 9pm local time in front of his home, police said.

Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said police are reviewing surveillance footage that captured the events surrounding Frank Cali's death yesterday in Staten Island.

Witnesses reported seeing a blue pickup truck speeding away, police said.

U.S. media reported that Cali's death marked the first murder of a NY mob boss in 34 years, since the death of Paul Castellano - another Gambino family boss - by order of the infamous John Gotti, also known as Teflon Don.

He was arrested in 2008 as part of a sweeping indictment by the Justice Department against organized crime but has mostly kept a low profile since.

Cali's body was found in an area of Staten Island that has been home to some of New York's most notorious mobsters and their families.

New York's major crime families, the Gambinos, the Luccheses, the Genoveses, the Bonannos and the Colombos, have seen some decline over the past few decades, as federal law enforcement agencies have tried to extricate their influence from construction and other major industries.

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.

Following Castellano's murder, which saw the boss dramatically gunned down outside a Manhattan steakhouse after stepping out of a black limo, Gotti took over as the Gambino family don.

An Italian mobster said Cali was "everything over there" in NY and referred to him as "a friend of ours".

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

The account, the report reads, shows Cali exiting and shutting his front door as he approaches a driver who had struck his vehicle.

According to local media in NY, he took the helm of the Gambino family in 2015, replacing Domenico Cefalu.

"There were like six shots, and then there were three more", one witness told the Daily News.

NY media reported that 53-year-old Cali was shot multiple times outside his auto on Staten Island on Wednesday evening, local time, by an unidentified man who then fled the scene in a blue vehicle.

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

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