News of Frank Cali’s death has spread, as reports are saying that the Gambino crime family boss was shot fatally outside of his Staten Island home. His full name was Francesco Cali. His death is being described by news reports as the first major New York gang and mob boss killing in more than 30 years.
Cali died on Wednesday night.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Frank Cali Was Fatally Shot by an Unidentified Man, According to Reports
While Frank Cali is the first crime family boss to be murdered in the city in decades, there have been other mob members gunned down recently, like the Bonanno family associate killed while waiting for food at a Bronx drive-thru in Oct. https://t.co/MV8cKgA7Y0
— Spectrum News NY1 (@NY1) March 14, 2019
Cali, who was 53 years old, was outside his car in Staten Island after 9:00pm EST, according to news reports.
Police reports say that a man, who has not been identified, shot Cali then fled the scene immediately. He had been driving a blue car, which some reports are saying was a pickup truck.
According to news sources, a few witnesses told their local media that they heard at least six shots from outside when Gambino was shot. “There were like six shots, and then there were three more,” witnesses reportedly told New York Daily News. “The man was on the ground face-up. His head was by his SUV, and the truck was open.”
Another man told The New York Times that he heard seven shots, identifying himself as “Salvatore.” Witnesses also said that Cali’s family members rushed outside to his body in tears.
Reports do not have a name of the accused shooter, and police have not announced any arrests at this time. Police reportedly confirmed Cali’s identity. Cali was pronounced dead at Staten Island University Hospital. Reports say he was shot in the torso.
“Frank Cali is the first mob boss to be shot and killed in New York City in 34 years,” tweets Spectrum News NY 1 above. “The last was Paul Castellano, assassinated outside Sparks Steakhouse in 1985.”
2. Frank Cali Was Known as “Franky Boy,” Reports Say
Gambino crime family boss Frank Cali shot, run over by a pickup truck in Staten Island. https://t.co/lpxCE9Ya9f
— Intl. Business Times (@IBTimes) March 14, 2019
Reports say that Cali was known throughout his life as “Franky Boy,” by his circle.
According to PEOPLE, Cali is the nephew-in-law of the Sicilian mobster John Gambino.
Cali had close ties to the Sicilian Mafia family led by Salvatore Inzerillo–and then married Rosaria Inzerillo, according to reports.
PEOPLE magazine says that Cali was identified as the new underboss of the Gambino crime family, by 2012, and that he was named boss in 2015. Cali replaced 68-year-old Domenico Cefalu, when the latter reached an older age, according to reports from New York Daily News and USA Today.
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