Mob Boss Murder: Gambino Crime Family Head Gunned Down at His Home

Mob Boss Murder: Gambino Crime Family Head Gunned Down at His Home

Mob Boss Murder: Gambino Crime Family Head Gunned Down at His Home

United States media reported that his death marked the first murder of a NY mob boss in 34 years, since the death of Paul Castellano - another Gambino family boss - by order of John Gotti.

The reputed boss of New York Mafia family the Gambinos, Francesco "Frank" Cali, has been shot dead outside his home on Staten Island, police said Thursday.

The New York Post reported that police sources said the shooter hit Cali with multiple bullets and a 911 caller said they heard six or seven shots.

But this isn't the first time New Yorkers have seen the notorious Gambino family on the news.

Cali, who had Sicilian lineage, is part of a "resurgence" in mob activity and reportedly concentrated on the heroin and OxyContin trade, according to The New York Post.

Sources said the getaway vehicle was a blue pickup truck, reported NBC New York.

Police say DeCicco "took the brunt of the blast" when he opened the passenger side door of a 1985 Buick Electra.

Federal prosecutors referred to Cali in court filings in recent years as the underboss of the Mafia's Gambino family, once one of the most powerful and feared crime organizations in the country. In 1985, Paul Castellano was killed as he arrived at Sparks Steakhouse in Manhattan.

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"There were like six shots, and then there were three more", one witness, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told the Daily News.

The mobster emerged from his home around 9:15 p.m. after the gunman backed his pickup into Cali's Cadillac SUV, damaging it, according to police.

While imprisoned, John Gotti never betrayed the mafia code of silence known as Omerta, which allowed the Gambino family to remain operational.

Otherwise known as "Franky Boy", Cali was considered the de facto godfather of the Gambino crime family, having served on its ruling panel for several years.

"It takes a certain type of evil to murder a friend in their own home, and then console the grieving relatives", said Federal Bureau of Investigation assistant director in charge William Sweeney.

Last week, Carmine Persico, the 85-year-old former boss of the Colombo organisation, died after serving 33 years of a 139-year prison sentence.

Charges against members of Mafia operations, including Gambino family operatives, have included murder, loan sharking, gambling and illegal drug distribution, Reuters has reported. Zottola's son, Salvatore, survived an apparent assassination attempt in July outside his home, also in the Bronx.

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