Mob boss gunned down in Mafia hit outside his home

Mob boss gunned down in Mafia hit outside his home

The motive for the attack was under investigation, police said.

Cali family members raced into the street, yelling and crying, as the assailants sped away. "EMS also responded to the scene and transported the victim to Staten Island University North, where he was pronounced deceased". At least 12 shots were fired.

Shea says Cali emerged from his home around 9:15 p.m. after the suspect backed his pickup truck into Cali's Cadillac SUV.

Its former boss, Paul Castellano, was the last NY family leader to be killed, shot dead in 1985 on the orders of his successor, John Gotti.

New York Mob boss Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali was taken off the board Wednesday night in a hit reminiscent of an underworld greatest hits package.

Meanwhile, on March 13, two heads of the Bonanno family, Joseph Cammarano Jr. and John Zancocchio, were acquitted in court on conspiracy and racketeering charges, the New York Times reported.

The head of the Gambino crime family was shot and killed outside his home in Staten Island on Wednesday night, according to NY media reports.

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Cali had served 16 months in prison following a 2008 extortion conviction. After Gotti went to prison, Cali eventually took over the organization.

After reportedly taking the reins in 2015, Cali was described by mafia watchers as the opposite of Gotti because "no-one ever sees him", the New York Post reported.

Does a shocking murder mark the return of one of America's most powerful mafias?

The post-Gotti chapter saw the mob's influence on the United States eastern seaboard wane - but Wednesday's hit threw NY back to its golden years of organized crime. "The word that I'm hearing is this: That there's old school tension and friction".

Gambino headed the organization until 1976, when he handed power over to his brother-in-law Paul Castellano.

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. As prosecutors tried and failed to bring him down, he came to be called the Teflon Don.

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