Murdered mobster Frank Cali 'lured out of home' before being shot

Murdered mobster Frank Cali 'lured out of home' before being shot

Cali, 53, was shot in the chest six times by an unidentified gunman who sped away in a blue pickup truck, reported The New York Daily News.

A caller to 911 said that as many as seven shots were heard, but police have not reported how many times Cali was hit.

Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said police are reviewing surveillance footage that captured the events surrounding Frank Cali's death yesterday in Staten Island.

They said distraught family members ran outside after the shots were fired.

Cali becomes the first Mafia boss murdered in NY since Paul Castellano was gunned down outside Sparks steakhouse in Midtown in 1985.

The Gambino crime operation is one of the five historic Italian-American Mafia families in New York, Reuters has previously reported, and it makes money through violence and extortion. After Gotti went to prison, Cali eventually took over the organization.

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.

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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 is thought to have taken the helm of the Gambino family in 2015, replacing Domenico Cefalu.

Cali was believed to be the head of New York's Gambino crime family which was once among the nation's most powerful criminal organisations.

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.

Francesco Cali, supposed leader of the Gambino crime family, was shot to death on Wednesday night. "But I guess old habits die hard".

Police sources told The New York Times that year it was likely he died in retaliation for Castellano's killing or was the victim of a power struggle within the Gambino family. Paul Castellano also owned a home there.

Last week, the longtime boss of the Colombo crime family, 85-year-old Carmine "the Snake" Persico, died at a North Carolina hospital near the federal prison where he had been serving what was effectively a life sentence. The attack came three months after Zottola's son, Salvatore Zottola, was also shot, but survived.

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