Reputed boss of Gambino crime family shot dead in NY

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

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

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"Upon arrival, officers found a 53-year-old male with multiple gunshot wounds to the torso", the police said in a statement sent to NPR.

Paramedics transported Cali to Staten Island University North hospital after responding to the home at 9:17 p.m.

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

The post-Gotti chapter saw the mob's influence on the USA eastern seaboard wane - but Wednesday's hit threw NY back to its golden years of organized crime.

Mr. Castellano and Mr. Bilotti were each shot about six times in the head and upper body and fell dead beside the open doors of their black Lincoln limousine, which had been parked moments before on the south side of 46th Street in a "no standing" zone.

"The man was on the ground face-up".

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PHOTO: Francesco Cali, 53, was murdered outside his home in Staten Island, New York, on Wednesday, March 13, 2019.

A witness said that his family members rushed outside after Cali was gunned down. One man kneeled down next to Cali's body and sobbed, "Papa!" Papa!' as a woman shouted into her phone: 'Why doesn't the ambulance come? "He's not breathing!" the witness told the Daily News. "This was something to send a message and make sure that it was heard loud and clear", said David Shapiro, former special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Cali becomes the first Mafia boss murdered in NY since Paul Castellano was gunned down outside Sparks steakhouse in Midtown in 1985. In 1985, Paul Castellano was killed as he arrived at Sparks Steakhouse in Manhattan. After Gotti went to prison, Cali eventually took over the organization.

A Brooklyn native who catered to immigrants and descendants of his parents' native Sicily, Cali became a capo before turning 40, barely a decade before he was "made" - considered by many to be a swift rise, federal authorities said.

He had pleaded guilty in an extortion conspiracy involving a failed attempt to build a NASCAR track in Staten Island. Cali served a 16-month prison sentence for the crime.

In 2012, Cali was identified as the new underboss of the Gambino crime family. Traditionally these families are known as the Bonnano, Genovese, Lucchese, Colombo, and Gambino.

The New York Daily News reports that a panicked family member called 911 and told the dispatcher that Cali was run over before he was shot, although investigators were still looking into whether the gunman mowed the mobster down.

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