Reputed Boss Of Gambino Crime Family Gunned Down In New York

Reputed Boss Of Gambino Crime Family Gunned Down In New York

No description of a suspect is now available, and no arrests have been made, according to an NYPD spokesman.

The New York fire department (FDNY) was called to a home in Staten Island at 9.18pm local time after a caller reported hearing six or seven gunshots.

The 52-year-old Cali, a resident of Hilltop Terrace, was transported to Staten Island University Hospital in Ocean Breeze in critical condition where he was later pronounced dead.

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.

The Gambino Family was once among the most powerful criminal organizations in the USA, but federal prosecutions in the 1980s and 1990s sent its top leaders to prison and diminished its reach. That hit was ordered by Gotti, who later took over the family until being convicted of racketeering and Castellano's murder in 1992.

The influence of the Gambinos waned in the 1990s after a number of members turned government informers and several leaders were imprisoned.

Authorities have claimed the 53-year-old Cali is the boss of the Gambino crime family, previously headed by the infamous John Gotti.

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He served a 16-month sentence.

According to reports, Cali's death marks the highest ranking member of a NY crime family to be murdered in decades.

It was a marked change from the Gotti era, which brought with its unnecessary attention and exposure. Cali was married to Rosaria Inzerillo.

During his reign, Cali was the backbone of the heroin and Oxycontin trade, according to The New York Post.

The New York Times notes that Cali's murder came the same day Joseph Cammarano, thought to be the acting boss of the Bonanno crime family, was acquitted at trial.

Unlike other mobsters, Cali had few run-ins with the law.

Cali pleaded guilty in Brooklyn federal court in 2008 to extortion conspiracy, stemming from his part in a scheme to get money from a trucker working at the former proposed NASCAR site in Bloomfield.

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