Gambino crime family boss Frank Cali shot dead outside Staten Island home

Gambino crime family boss Frank Cali shot dead outside Staten Island home

Gambino crime family boss Frank Cali shot dead outside Staten Island home

In 2015, Cali was named boss, replacing 68-year-old Domenico Cefalu, who was forced to step down due to old age, New York Daily News and USA Today reported. He was pronounced dead at the hospital, police said.

The circumstances preceding the shooting weren't immediately known, but police say they're looking for a blue pickup truck that fled the scene, CBS New York reported.

"The man was on the ground face-up".

He was charged in a massive 80-count racketeering indictment involving 62 alleged mob bosses, underlings and associates of the Gambino, Bonanno and Genovese crime families.

He had long ties with the Sicilian mafia and the Gambino family, and was said to have intentionally kept a low profile during his time in charge.

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

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

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. Paul Castellano also owned a home there. Like other mafia families, the Gambinos took their methods from the crime families in Italy - La Cosa Nostra - and were involved in illegal activities like loan-sharking, extortion, prostitution, gambling and money laundering - as well as the frequent assaults and murders associated with those types of business ventures.

His murder was orchestrated by John Gotti in a power move that would see him become head of the family, according to testimony by mafia underboss Salvatore Gravano.

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

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