Reputed Gambino crime boss shot and killed outside home in NY

by Garry Watts March 15, 2019, 0:21
Reputed Gambino crime boss shot and killed outside home in NY

Investigators haven't made any arrests in the hours that have passed but insists the case remains an open book until they publicly state otherwise.

Francesco Cali, 53, was found with multiple gunshot wounds to the torso in the NY borough of Staten Island, the NYPD said. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, an NYPD official told HuffPost.

Frank Cali, 53, was shot multiple times and then run over by a pickup truck, according to the New York Daily News.

Cali, who was known throughout his life as "Franky Boy", is the nephew-in-law of Sicilian mobster John Gambino and had close ties to the Sicilian Mafia family led by Salvatore Inzerillo. But he apparently ascended to the top spot in 2015, although he never faced any criminal charges that said so.

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

This is a breaking story. Castellano was the last New York City crime boss to be gunned down, and Gotti later died in prison in 2002.

"There were like six shots, and then there were three more", one witness, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told the Daily News.

The reputed "acting boss" of the storied Gambino Crime Family was found shot to death outside his home Wednesday evening.

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In 1992, Gotti was convicted in Castellano's murder and a multitude of other crimes.

Police sources described Cali's murder as "disrespectful" because it happened right outside his family home. He was sentenced to 16 months behind bars and was released in 2009.

The Gambino family is one of the New York´s five historic Italian mafia families - along with the Genovese, Lucchese, Colombo and Bonanno families.

Paul Castellano in 1959.

Also on Wednesday night, a Gambino family associate of over a decade, Anthony Pandrella, was arrested for robbing and murdering his friend Vincent Zito, 78, the US Attorney's Office in Brooklyn announced Thursday.

The Gambino Family was once among the most powerful criminal organizations in the USA, but federal prosecutions in the 1980s and 1990s sent its top leaders to prison and diminished its reach.

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

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