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

Reputed Gambino Crime Boss Frank Cali Shot Dead In Front Of Staten Island Home

Reputed Gambino Crime Boss Frank Cali Shot Dead In Front Of Staten Island Home

Medics arrived at the scene and transported Cali to Staten Island University North, where he was pronounced dead.

Gotti, who later died in prison, took over the Gambino family at the time.

He was promoted to acting boss of the Gambino crime family in 2015 and was involved in trafficking heroin and Oxycontin, they alleged.

His murder is the first of a NY mob boss since Paul Castellano was famously assassinated at Sparks Steakhouse in 1985.

Cali, who was born and raised in NY, was the nephew-in-law of John Gambino and the great-nephew of Bonanno mobsters Vito Bonventre and Giovanni Bonventre.

On Wednesday, hours before Cali was killed, the reputed boss and consigliere of the Bonanno crime family were acquitted in a Brooklyn racketeering and extortion case. Police are now investigating the matter and have yet to arrest anyone in connection. Witnesses told NY media outlets that they heard a number of shots before a blue pickup truck fled the area.

"There were like six shots, and then there were three more", one witness, who asked that her name not be used, told The New York Daily News.

Investigators believe Cali, 53, was inside his Todt Hill house with his family Wednesday night when the person or people responsible rammed the mob boss' vehicle with a blue pickup truck, prompting him to come outside, sources said.

Detectives stand over body of reputed mob boss Paul Castellano, after execution on 46th St. Body of Castellano's chauffeur, Thomas Bilotti, lies partially covered in the street, far left.

Castellano was killed on Gotti's orders, in what was seen to be a major break from Mafia protocol, which forbade the unsanctioned murder of a family head.

He had long ties with the Sicilian mafia and the Gambino family, and was said to have intentionally kept a low profile during his time in charge.

Last October, Sylvester Zottola, 71, reportedly of the Bonanno crime family, was gunned down at a McDonald's drive-thru in the Bronx.

"Papa! Papa!" one man cried before laying down on the grass, sobbing, the witness recounted. An Italian mobster said Cali was "everything over there" in NY and referred to him as "a friend of ours". For that, he got 16 months in prison before he was released.

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