Gunned down Gambino crime boss 'lured outside by fake auto accident'

Reputed Mafia Boss Francesco Cali Murdered Outside His Home On Staten Island

As for his murder, no arrests have been made and police are investigating.

Footage seemed to show that Cali had been drawn out of his house after a pickup truck backed into the SUV, forcing the license plate to detach, a law-enforcement official who saw the video told the Daily Beast.

He was pronounced dead at a hospital. He said the shots were all the same volume, as if fired from the same gun.

Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali is said to have taken over the running of the organisation from Domenico Cefalu in 2015.

Cali had been considered a unifying figure in the years after John Gotti, "Dapper Don", was convicted and sent to prison by cooperating mob witnesses, CNN affiliate WPIX reported.

Cali faced just one arrest over his career, over an extortion plot linked to a failed bid to build a Nascar race track. He was sentenced to life in prison and died of cancer in 2002.

Weiss also adds that it's unlikely that the assassination was organized by any other organized crime family that may still operate in New York City as many have aimed to stay out of the limelight in recent years.

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

NY media say it is the first targeted killing of a mob boss in the city since 1985.

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

He was reputed to be the boss of the Gambino crime family. "Very surprising, but I guess old habits die hard". Castellano, who was the last Gambino boss to be assassinated, owned a home on Benedict Road.

Cali then reaches into his trousers pocket to insinuate that he had a gun, the law enforcement source told the Daily Beast.

In October, reputed Bonanno associate Sylvester Zottola was fatally shot while waiting for a cup of coffee at a McDonald's drive-thru in the Bronx.

Weiss explains that the younger Gotti and Cali had often clashed 30 years ago, and upon his return, reignited their feud. At a 2008 bail, a prosecutor said Cali was seen "as a man of influence and power by organised crime members in Italy".

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