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.
Police say 53-year-old Francesco Cali was found with multiple gunshot wounds to his body at his home in the Todt Hill section of Staten Island just after 9 p.m. Wednesday.
"There were, like, six shots, and then there were three more", a witness told a reporter.
Cali was then shot several times in the street and run over, before the pickup truck sped off.
Following Castellano's murder, Gotti headed the Gambino family until his incarceration for conspiracy and murder in 1992.
He was pronounced dead at a hospital soon after.
Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said there has been a slight urise in alleged mob-related violence in NY within the a year ago.
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The Gambino family was once considered the biggest organised crime group in the U.S., the New York Times reports, but began to decline after Gotti and other senior figures were jailed. They remain powerful players in the black market, however, in loan sharking, gambling, prostitution and the drug trade, according to law enforcement.
The reputed boss of New York's Gambino crime family who was shot to death in front of his home tried to hide under his own SUV during the shooting, according to new reports.
The motive for the attack was under investigation, police said. That hit was ordered by John Gotti in front of Sparks Steak House.
Cali's only criminal conviction came from an extortion charge in 2008 for trying to shake down a trucker; he spent 16 months in prison. Gotti took over the crime organization; he died of cancer, in prison, in 2002.
The New York Times notes that Cali's murder came the same day Joseph Cammarano, thought to be the acting boss of the Bonanno crime family, was acquitted at trial.
In October, reputed Bonanno associate Sylvester Zottola was fatally shot while waiting for a cup of coffee at a McDonald's drive-thru in the Bronx.
The Gambino family is one of five mafia families that have operated in New York City for decades.