Thurs. 3:45 p.m.: Reputed Gambino crime boss shot to death in New York City
NEW YORK (AP) — The reputed boss of New York’s Gambino crime family was shot to death in front of his home by a gunman who may have staged a car accident to lure him outside, dying a virtual unknown compared with his swaggering 1980s-era predecessor, John Gotti.
Police said today they were reviewing surveillance-camera video of the attack on Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali, 53, who was gunned down Wednesday night at his red-brick colonial-style house in a quiet Staten Island neighborhood. The assailant sped off in a pickup truck, police said. No immediate arrests were made.
The motive for the attack was under investigation, Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said.
Federal prosecutors had referred to Cali in court filings in recent years as the underboss of the Mafia’s Gambino family, once one of the most powerful and feared crime organizations in the country. News accounts since 2015 said he had ascended to the top spot.
Aggressive federal prosecutions in the past 25 years decimated the ranks of New York’s five Mafia families, the Gambinos among them. The cases resulted in long prison terms for their bosses — Gotti included — and encouraged their successors to keep a lower profile.