Mafia boss slain outside NY home in grisly hit

Mafia boss slain outside NY home in grisly hit

"There are no arrests and the investigation is ongoing", police said.

The gunman sped off in a blue pickup truck after the hit, which one source described as "disrespectful" because it took place near his family home in an outer borough.

New York Police seal off the area around suspected Gambino crime boss Frank Cali's Staten Island home.

They said distraught family members ran outside after the shots were fired.

Police were seen taking a late-model silver Cadillac Escalade SUV away from the scene on a covered, flatbed truck around noon Thursday.

Wednesday night's shooting is reminiscent of the 1985 murder of another Gambino crime boss, Paul Castellano, who was gunned down outside a popular New York City steakhouse in 1985.

Suspected Gambino crime boss Frank Cali was fatally shot outside his home in NY on Wednesday.

John Gotti, who organised the hit, then took power at the helm of the Gambino family.

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The reputed boss of New York's Gambino crime family, Francesco "Frank" Cali, was shot dead outside his NY home, police said.

He had pleaded guilty in an extortion conspiracy involving a failed attempt to build a NASCAR track in Staten Island. Gotti's brother Gene Gotti spent 29 years in prison for heroin distribution, but he got out in September 2018, leading to speculation as to what that could mean for the future of the organization.

Aggressive federal prosecutions in the past 25 years have decimated the ranks of New York's five Mafia families.

"We thought those days were over", the city's mayor Bill de Blasio told journalists.

Cali's assassination came on the same day that Joseph Cammarano Jr., the reputed acting boss of the Bonanno crime family, was acquitted at trial, and about a week after Carmine Persico, a longtime boss of the Colombo crime family, died in prison at age 85. "The word that I'm hearing is this: That there's old school tension and friction".

Cali then reaches into his trousers pocket to insinuate that he had a gun, the law enforcement source told the Daily Beast. "Gene was the first one, really, to go to prison and he went to prison back in the 80s - he was sentenced to like 50 years, he did 30 and he just came out of jail - and the word is, he came back looking for both respect and a position and some tribute from the family".

In that case, authorities intercepted conversations shedding light on his quiet underworld command.

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