Mob boss gunned down in Mafia hit outside his home

Alleged Gambino Crime Family Boss Frank Cali Shot Dead Outside Home

This is the first hit on a Gambino boss since Paul Castellano was gunned down in 1985 in front of Sparks Steak House.

Cali, 53, was shot several times and run over in front of his brick mansion in the lavish Todt Hill neighborhood at about 9:20 p.m. He was rushed to Staten Island University Hospital North, where he was declared dead.

Cali himself was jailed for 16 months for his connection to an extortion scheme surrounding an attempt to build a NASCAR track on Staten Island.

Cali had been considered a unifying figure in the years after then-Gambino boss John Gotti, "Dapper Don", was convicted of murder and racketeering in 1992 and sent to prison for life, CNN affiliate WPIX reported. Gotti died in prison in 2002.

New York City Police officers (NYPD) investigate the scene where, reported New York Mafia Gambino family crime boss, Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali, was killed outside his home in the Staten Island borough of New York City on March 14, 2019. The New York Post reported that Cali had increased the Gambino family's involvement in drug trafficking, particularly in opioids.

Cali was believed to have been elevated to the position of acting boss in 2015, taking over from Domenico "Greaseball" Cefalu.

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

The reputed boss of the US Gambino crime family was shot to death in front of his NY home by a gunman who may have staged a vehicle accident to lure him outside, dying a virtual unknown compared with his swaggering 1980s-era predecessor, John Gotti.

His killing, after a spate of hits on lower-level gangsters, reignites memories of vicious turf wars as mafiosi fought for supremacy in NY.

"We thought those days were over", the city's mayor Bill de Blasio told journalists.

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.

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