Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Reputed Gambino crime boss gunned down in New York City

Reputed Gambino crime boss gunned down in New York City

The reputed head of New York's Gambino crime family, Frank Cali, has been killed outside his home, the city's police have told U.S. media.

Cali is the first mob boss to be murdered in NY since Gotti ordered the infamous hit on Gambino boss Paul Castellano, having him gunned down in front of Sparks Steak House in Manhattan in December 1985.

Witnesses to the crime said the killers reportedly ran over Cali's body with a blue pickup truck after he was shot to make sure he was dead, according to the police, as The Daily Beast reported.

Police confirmed the identity of Cali, who was pronounced dead at Staten Island University Hospital.

The New York Post reported that police sources said the shooter hit Cali with multiple bullets and a 911 caller said they heard six or seven shots.

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.

Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali is said to have taken over the running of the organisation from Domenico Cefalu in 2015.

A SUSPECTED mafia crime boss has been shot and killed outside his NY home.

The body of mafia crime boss Paul Castellano lies on a stretcher outside the Sparks Steak House in New York after he and his bodyguard were gunned down Dec. 16 1985

Police are looking into whether this was the work of an organized crime gang, or a faction inside the Gambino family, including John Gotti's brother, Gene, who was just released just months ago after serving 29 years for dealing heroin.

Affluent Todt Hill is renowned for its crime connections.

Shea said there has been a slight uptick in alleged mob-related violence in NY within the previous year.

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

It wasn't the first such spattering of gore in recent years, however.

After prosecutors called him "a danger to the community" Pandrella, 59, pleaded not guilty in Brooklyn federal court to accusations of shooting Zito in his own home and stealing money from him.

But he had been caught on CCTV cameras leaving and entering the house at the time of the murder, and his DNA was discovered from the trigger of the gun used to commit the crime.

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