Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Suspect In Murder Of Gambino Crime Boss "Frank Cali " Has Been Identified

Suspect In Murder Of Gambino Crime Boss

The purported head of the Gambino crime family, also known as "Franky Boy", was shot repeatedly outside his home in the NY borough of Staten Island late Wednesday.

Gambino crime family boss Frank (Franky Boy) Cali was gunned down Wednesday night in a gory hit in front of his Staten Island home, police sources said.

Police apprehended Anthony Comello in New Jersey and expect to charge him with murdering Mr Cali, the New York Police Department's chief of detectives Dermot Shea told a news conference. "Were others conspiring to do this crime?"

"There are multiple, multiple angles that we are exploring", Shea said at a news conference at police headquarters. There were a dozen shots in all, six of them striking Cali in the chest.

Castellano's death led to the rise of John "Dapper Don" Gotti, who then took over as Gambino family boss, running criminal enterprises ranging from gambling to money laundering to prostitution.

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Comello will be extradited from New Jersey to NY to face charges, Shea said.

Surveillance video of the killing showed a man, allegedly Mr Comello, crash his auto into Mr Cali's parked SUV, drawing Mr Cali outside in what might have been a ploy to lure him out of the house, Mr Shea said.

Asked about Comello's arrest record, Shea said he "crossed paths in some limited circumstances with the NYPD" including getting a parking ticket on Staten Island the day Cali was killed. Authorities have been examining surveillance video that captured Cali as he exited his home, in the Todt Hill section of Staten Island, around 9:15 p.m. after a man backed his vehicle into Cali's parked Cadillac SUV. Information on an attorney for Comello wasn't immediately available.

Cali was released after 16 months in federal prison in April 2009 for an extortion scheme.

Cali, a native of the Italian island Sicily, served in the organization's ruling panel for years before replacing Domenico Cefalu in 2015.

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