Reputed Gambino crime boss shot to death in New York City

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

Cali was shot outside his house in the Todt Hill section of Staten Island around 9:20 p.m.

One of the most notorious gangs of NY is at the center of a new mob murder mystery.

Cali was first reported to be in charge of the Gambino family in 2015.

New York Police Department and New York City Fire Department units at the scene where mafia crime boss Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali, 53, was shot dead on Staten Island.

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. Police revealed that the shooter fired at least six times before running him over and fleeing the scene.

Cali, who served on the family's ruling panel for several years, was elevated to acting boss in 2015, replacing then 68-year-old Domenico Cefalu.

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

The driver then reportedly bent down and picked up a license plate that had detached in the crash and handed it to Cali before producing a gun and shooting Cali multiple times.

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.

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.

In 1985, Gambino boss Paul Castellano was shot dead by notorious mob boss John Gotti in front of a steakhouse in what was considered one of the most infamous mob hits of all time.

A paparazzi darling who sported flashy suits with his signature slick pompadour, police ultimately toppled Gotti and incarcerated him for conspiracy and murder in 1992. Gotti died in prison in 2002.

No other information was provided by police.

The body of mafia crime boss Paul Castellano lies on a stretcher outside the Sparks Steak House in NY in December 1985 after he and his bodyguards were gunned down at the direction of John Gotti, who then took over as boss.

Last October, Bonanno crime family associate Sylvester Zottola, 71, was gunned down at a Bronx McDonald's drive-thru as he waited for a coffee.

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