Gambino Crime Boss Frank Cali Killed Outside His Home

Gambino Crime Boss Frank Cali Killed Outside His Home

The murder of reputed Gambino crime family boss Frank Cali on Wednesday recalled New York City's last major mob hit almost 35 years ago: the assassination of Paul Castellano outside a Manhattan steak house on a December afternoon in 1985.

Cali, who allegedly served as a leader of the Gambino crime family, was transported by EMS in critical condition to Staten Island University Hospital in Ocean Breeze where he was pronounced dead.

Witnesses told NY media outlets that they heard a number of shots before a blue pickup truck fled the area. "The man was on the ground face-up". His head was by his SUV, and the truck was open'.

No arrests have been made.

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn had referred to Cali in court filings in recent years as the underboss of the Gambino organization, related through marriage to the Inzerillo clan in the Sicilian Mafia.

The New York Daily News stated that a family member called 911 and said Cali was run over before he was shot; one witness told the Daily News, "There were like six shots, and then there were three more".

His murder is the first of a NY mob boss since Paul Castellano was famously assassinated at Sparks Steakhouse in 1985.


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

Since Gotti's downfall, the Gambinos - and other mafia families - have lost much of the power they once had over politicians, judges and labor unions.

Cali infused the family with a new crop of immigrant Italian gangsters and focused on the heroin and Oxycontin trade, sources told The Post in September.

NY media say it is the first targeted killing of a mob boss in the city since 1985.

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.

Cali's killing comes less than a week after the death of longtime Columbo crime boss Carmine Persico, 85, who'd been serving a 100-year prison sentence for racketeering and murder.

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