Reputed mob leader killed in shooting at Dongan Hills home

Evarado Alatorre
Marcha 14, 2019

The reputed head of New York's Gambino crime family, Frank Cali, has been killed outside his home, the city's police have told USA media.

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.

The Genovese, Gambino, Lucchese, Colombo and Bonanno mafia families are believed to have controlled organised crime in NY for decades.

NYPD and FDNY units responded to a report of shots fired in Dongan Hills. Officers were seen canvassing the surrounding area following the shooting.

A neighbor heard the fatal gunshots before calling 911 around 9:20 pm.

At first, he said that he "didn't think anything of it", adding that he "thought it was fireworks" initially. Cali was married to Rosaria Inzerillo.

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

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Prosecutors claimed that Cali was the Gambinos' ambassador to the Sicilian mobsters and the go-between for the two organisations.

Cali was ultimately caught up in a massive mob bust almost a decade later.

The last mob boss to be shot to death in New York City was Paul Castellano, who was killed outside of Sparks Steakhouse in Manhattan in 1985.

No description of a suspect is now available, and no arrests have been made, according to an NYPD spokesman. Police are now investigating the matter and have yet to arrest anyone in connection.

Cali's murder is the first hit on a Mafia boss since John Gotti arranged the assassination of then-Gambino head Paul Castellano in 1985.

The New York Daily News reported in 2008 that Cali was among 62 people arrested on federal racketeering charges and he later pleaded guilty to conspiring to extort money.

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