Gambino crime family boss gunned down on Staten Island

Gambino crime family boss gunned down on Staten Island

Gambino family mobster Francesco "Frank" Cali has been murdered in what local media say is the first major NY gang killing in more than 30 years.

Paramedics transported Cali to Staten Island University North hospital after responding to the home at 9:17 p.m.

Witnesses told New York Daily News "there were like six shots, and then there were three more". His head was by his SUV, and the truck was open'.

The New York Daily News reported in 2015 that cali had been made acting boss of the Gambino crime family: "Frank Cali, 49, of Staten Island, who has served on the family's ruling panel for several years, has been elevated to acting boss, replacing 68-year-old Domenico Cefalu, the website Ganglandnews.com reported Thursday". Cali was married to Rosaria Inzerillo.

His murder is the first of a NY mob boss since Paul Castellano was famously assassinated at Sparks Steakhouse in 1985.

In 2015, the Advance reported that Cali was believed to be the leader of the Gambino crime family.

According to the Associated Press, court documents referred to Cali as the underboss of the Gambino crime family.

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Gotti died of cancer in prison in 2002.

Cali infused the family with a new crop of immigrant Italian gangsters and focused on the heroin and Oxycontin trade, sources told The Post in September.

Unlike other mobsters, Cali had few run-ins with the law.

The Gambino family was once considered the biggest organised crime group in the United States, the New York Times reports, but began to decline after Gotti and other senior figures were jailed. Some of the indictments included murder, drug trafficking, robbery and extortion, according to The Mob Museum.

Rudolph W. Giuliani, who at the time was the United States Attorney for the Southern District of NY, condemned the killings and vowed to find those responsible.

In June 2008, Cali pleaded guilty to conspiring to extort money and was jailed in Brooklyn, before being released the following year.

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