Frank Cali, Reputed Boss of Gambino Family, Shot Dead in NY

Crime scene tape laid across street where Francesco Cali 53 was shot dead

Crime scene tape laid across street where Francesco Cali 53 was shot dead

The New York Daily News reported in 2015 that cali had been made acting boss of the Gambino crime family: "Frank Cali, 49, of Staten Island, who has served on the family's ruling panel for several years, has been elevated to acting boss, replacing 68-year-old Domenico Cefalu, the website Ganglandnews.com reported Thursday". He was sentenced to life in prison and died of cancer in 2002.

"The Gambino crime family during Castellano's reign was the largest criminal organization in the USA, with law enforcement estimating it had some 250 "'made" members" and "more than 550 lower-ranking "associate' members".

Cali reportedly took over the Gambino crime family in 2015, according to a profile in Gang Land News.

Cali was the first NY crime family boss shot since 1985, when Paul Castellano, who owned a mansion on Todt Hill, was executed as he arrived at Sparks Steakhouse in Manhattan.

A law enforcement official briefed on the investigation told ABC News that detectives are attempting to determine if Cali's killing signaled the revival of a "mob war".

Business Insider reported in 2013 that Cali had reportedly turned down an offer to head the crime family.




A witness told The New York Daily News: 'There were like six shots, and then there were three more.

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn had referred to Cali in court filings in recent years as the underboss of the Gambino organisation, related through marriage to the Inzerillo clan in the Sicilian mafia.

"Frank Cali was a pretty likeable guy, and also this is not a way the mob would kill one of their own", he said.

It's unclear whether Cali's murder was carried out by a rogue actor or approved by other members of the Italian American mafia in New York City.

A 911 caller reported a blue pickup truck, which may have ran over Cali before or after the shooting, was seen driving away from the scene, according to WABC.

Gotti then ran the Gambino family until he was convicted in 1992 of racketeering and five counts of murder. In October, reputed Bonanno associate Sylvester Zottola was fatally shot while waiting for a cup of coffee at a McDonald's drive-thru in the Bronx. For that, he got 16 months in prison before he was released. Today's news is a big flashback to those days.

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