Reputed Gambino crime boss shot and killed outside home in NY

Reputed Gambino crime boss shot and killed outside home in NY

Reputed Gambino crime boss shot and killed outside home in NY

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The 53-year-old, thought to have been de facto godfather of the Italian crime family since 2015, suffered "multiple gunshot wounds to the torso" in the attack on Wednesday evening, police said.

Shortly after, emergency responders arrived on the scene and Cali, who was born in New York City, was transported to Staten Island University North Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He was succeeded in 2011 by Domenico Cefalu, only to be replaced four years later by Cali. Officials, however, have not disclosed whether Cali was mowed down by the vehicle.

The shooting wasn't the only recent mob assassination in NY. A witness told the publication they heard three more shots in addition to the six that hit Cali, and described a distraught and panicked scene as the mobster's family ran outside to try to help him.

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

Reputed mafia boss Frank Cali was shot to death near his SUV outside his home on Staten Island Wednesday night.

One man collapsed in front of the home crying: 'Papa!

One woman yelled into her phone, "Why doesn't the ambulance come? He's not breathing!" according to the witness. Another woman "was just making loud noises", she said.

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According to reports, Cali's death marks the highest ranking member of a ny crime family to be murdered in decades.

The body of mafia crime boss Paul Castellano lies on a stretcher outside the Sparks Steak House in NY after he and his bodyguard were gunned down December 16, 1985. He was sentenced to life in prison and died of cancer in 2002.

Last October, Sylvester Zottola, 71, reportedly of the Bonanno crime family, was gunned down at a McDonald's drive-thru in the Bronx.

Cali only had one criminal conviction, having spent 16 months for a 2008 federal extortion charge in connection with a failed bit to build a NASCAR race track in Staten Island.

In 2012, Cali was identified as the new underboss of the Gambino crime family.

Along with the Gambino organisation, the other NY families are known as Bonanno, Colombo, Genovese and Lucchese.

Investigators believe Cali, 53, was inside his Todt Hill house with his family Wednesday night when the person or people responsible rammed the mob boss' vehicle with a blue pickup truck, prompting him to come outside, sources said.

A week ago, Persico died after serving 33 years in prison.

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