Alleged Gambino crime boss killed in NY

Elias Hubbard
March 14, 2019

The reputed head of the notorious Gambino crime family was shot dead in front of his home in an upscale neighborhood on Staten Island late Wednesday.

It was unclear how many times Cali was shot, but a witness who called 911 reported hearing at least six gunshots, police sources told the paper. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, an NYPD official told HuffPost.

Cali reportedly took over the Gambino crime family in 2015, according to a profile in Gang Land News.

Investigators say 53-year-old Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali was shot multiple times outside 25 Hilltop Terrace in the exclusive Todt Hill section shortly after 9:15 p.m.

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

Cali was the first NY crime family boss shot since 1985, when Paul Castellano, who owned a mansion on Todt Hill, was executed as he arrived at Sparks Steakhouse in Manhattan.

He had just one criminal conviction: an extortion charge in 2008 for an attempted shake down of a trucker working at a proposed NASCAR race track in Staten Island.

Since Gotti's downfall, the Gambinos - and other mafia families - have lost much of the power they once had over politicians, judges and labor unions.

Cali is the highest-ranking member of a crime family to be murdered in New York in decades, New York ABC station WABC reported.

It was a marked change from the Gotti era, which brought with its unnecessary attention and exposure.

The shooting wasn't the only recent mob assassination in NY. The house is listed under the name of Rosaria Inzerillo.

According to local media, Cali ascended through the ranks, becoming a powerful capo of organised crime before turning 40 - less than 10 years after becoming an inducted member.

The investigation exposed a drug trafficking partnership between the Gambinos and the Sicilian Mafia.

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