Alleged Gambino crime boss killed in New York

  • Alleged Gambino crime boss killed in New York

Alleged Gambino crime boss killed in New York

Francesco Cali, 53, was found with multiple gunshot wounds to his body outside his home on Staten Island, according to the New York Police Department. He was pronounced dead at the hospital, police said.

Witnesses said Cali's killer shot him at least six times and then ran him over before fleeing the scene.

'The man was on the ground face-up.

The Gambino crime boss was assassinated outside Sparks Steakhouse in Manhattan in 1985.

The organization reportedly focused its efforts on heroin and Oxycontin trafficking under his leadership.

There is no known motive for the shooting of Cali, a police watch commander told Reuters.

His only mob-related criminal conviction came a decade ago, when Cali pleaded guilty in an extortion conspiracy involving a failed attempt to build a NASCAR track on Staten Island.

The Genovese, Gambino, Lucchese, Colombo and Bonanno mafia families are believed to have controlled organised crime in NY for decades.

In January 1997, an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent reportedly notified Italian police of Cali's distinctive standing as a member of crime families on both sides of the ocean, after he was "combined" into the Gambino family.

Charges against members of Mafia operations, including Gambino family operatives, have included murder, loan sharking, gambling and illegal drug distribution, Reuters has reported.

Castellano was killed on Gotti's orders, in what was seen to be a major break from Mafia protocol, which forbade the unsanctioned murder of a family head.

Cali was believed to have been elevated to the position of acting boss in 2015, taking over from Domenico "Greaseball" Cefalu.

The appointment allowed Cali to join the ranks of former leaders like John Gotti and Carlo Gambino.

Two of the most notorious Gambino capos, John Gotti (left) and Paul Castellano (right), are seen above.