Sunday, 26 May, 2019

Alleged New York mob boss gunned down on Staten Island

879581_web1_PTR-CrimeBoss-031419 TNS Gambino crime family boss Frank “Franky Boy” Cali
Patty Aguilar | 14 March, 2019, 13:40

NY media say it is the first killing of a family boss in the city since the Gambino family's Paul Castellano was shot dead outside a restaurant in 1985 on the orders of John Gotti.

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

"There were like six shots, and then there were three more", one witness, who asked that her name not be used, told The New York Daily News. "His head was by his SUV, and the truck was open", the witness told the outlet.

Among law enforcement officials, Cali was known as a "real quiet old-school boss" - one police source told the New York Post.

No arrests have been made and an investigation is ongoing as police search for a blue pickup truck that fled the gruesome scene after it is believed to have run Cali over.

After his release, the feds tried to bar him from meeting with members of the Sicilian Mafia, and demanded that he avoid contact with his uncle, Giovanni Gambino - the nephew of late boss Carlo Gambino, for whom the family was named - except at weddings or holiday celebrations approved in advance. Cali was reportedly the leader of the Gambino crime family.

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He also had close ties through marriage to the Inzerillo family in Palermo, Sicily, having married Rosaria Inzerillo, a sister of Pietro Inzerillo and a relative of Gambino associate Frank Inzerillo. Gotti died while in prison in 2002 of throat cancer and Gambino died in 1976.

According to the Post, Cali steered the organization in expanding its illicit drug trade, particularly in heroin and OxyContin. However, he kept a relatively low profile for the most part.

In 1985, Gambino "capo" John Gotti orchestrated the murder of Castellano to become the most publicized boss of the family.

Business Insider said Cali essentially was in charge of New York City's city's food industry and was worth an estimated $30 million.

On June 4, 2008, Cali pleaded guilty to conspiring to extort money.

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