The reputed boss of the Gambino crime family Francesco Cali was shot to death outside his home in Staten Island on Wednesday night, according to a senior police official.
According to the NY Times, Mr. Cali, 53, was shot six times, the official said. The police said they received a report about the shooting outside 25 Hilltop Terrace in the Todt Hill section of Staten Island around 9:20 p.m. There was also a report of a blue pickup truck leaving the scene around the time of shooting.
Mr. Cali was pronounced dead at Staten Island University Hospital.
A 58-year-old neighbor who gave only his first name, Salvatore, said that he heard a burst of about seven gunshots shortly after 9 p.m.
“I just heard the pow-pow-pow-pow-pow,” he said.
According to CBS News, The NYPD said they responded to a 911 call of an assault in the upscale neighborhood of Todt Hill, and they found the victim with multiple gunshot wounds when they arrived. He was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
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.
Francesco Paolo Augusto Calì (March 26, 1965 – March 13, 2019) known as “Frank” or “Franky Boy, was the Boss of the Gambino crime family. Law enforcement considered Cali to be the Gambino “ambassador to Sicilian mobsters” and has linked him to the Inzerillo Mafia family from Palermo.
“Cali was seen as a man of influence and power by organized crime members in Italy”, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Lipton.
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