Alleged Gambino crime boss shot, killed outside Staten Island home

16 March, 2019, 22:41 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Mob boss Paul Castellano covered in a sheet on a New York sidewalk in 1985

The police said they received a report about the shooting in the Todt Hill section of Staten Island around 9:20 p.m.

She described the shooter as an adult male who sped off in a pickup truck. He was rushed to Staten Island University Hospital North, where he was declared dead.

Witnesses said they heard six or seven shots. His head was by his SUV, and the truck was open'.

The body of mafia crime boss Paul Castellano lies on a stretcher outside the Sparks Steak House in NY after he and his bodyguard were gunned down December 16, 1985.

Legendary New York Post and Daily News crime beat writer Murray Weiss, now a producer for CBS News' "48 Hours", extensively covered the Gambino crime family and told WCBS 880's Steve Scott he has a theory that Cali's murder may also have a connection to the Gotti family.

Francesco "Frank" Cali, 53, the alleged leader of the notorious Gambino crime family, was gunned down outside his home in Staten Island, New York, Wednesday. He was sentenced to life in prison and died of cancer in 2002.

The murder reminded Mob fans of the last NY "hit" on a Mafia boss, almost 40 years ago.

The body of mafia crime boss Paul Castellano lies on a stretcher outside the Sparks Steak House in New York after he and his bodyguard were gunned down Dec. 16 1985
Reputed Boss Of Gambino Crime Family Gunned Down In New York

The Gambino crime operation is one of the five historic Italian-American Mafia families in New York, Reuters has previously reported, and it makes money through violence and extortion.

It is unclear who killed Cali, who reportedly became the head of the crime organization in 2015.

"We thought those days were over", the city's mayor Bill de Blasio told journalists. Paul Castellano also owned a home there. He was shot on a tree-lined street in one of New York City's less-glamorous outer boroughs, a short walk from ball fields, a country club and a day camp.

A law enforcement official confirmed to CNN that the victim was a high-ranking member of the Gambino organized crime family and is believed to be the acting boss.

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.

A witness said that his family members rushed outside after Cali was gunned down.


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