Gambino crime kingpin Frank Cali shot dead in NY

Gambino crime kingpin Frank Cali shot dead in NY

Gambino crime kingpin Frank Cali shot dead in NY

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.

The gunman pumped a number of bullets into Cali then sped off in a blue pickup truck, according to police sources. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, an NYPD official told HuffPost. He was shot outside the home'.

The Gambino crime family is one of what is widely referred to as "The Five Families" of Italian organized crime operations in New York City and other parts of the United States.

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

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.

Cali himself was jailed for 16 months for his connection to an extortion scheme surrounding an attempt to build a NASCAR track on Staten Island.

Gambino crime kingpin Frank Cali shot dead in NY

The Gambino criminal organisation is one of the "Five Families" of organised crime in NY, alongside the Bonanno, Colombo, Genovese and Lucchese families.

Gambino headed the organization until 1976, when he handed power over to his brother-in-law Paul Castellano.

Cali had been considered a unifying figure in the crime family, in the years after John Gotti was convicted and sent to prison by cooperating mob witnesses.

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.

Gotti's reign came to an end when his underboss, Sammy "The Bull" Gravano agreed to testify against him and other members of the family in a 1992 RICO trial.

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

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