Reputed Gambino crime boss shot and killed outside NY home

Reputed Gambino crime boss shot and killed outside NY home

Police are now investigating the matter and have yet to arrest anyone in connection.

There was also a report of a blue pickup truck leaving the scene around that time.

Cali, 53, was shot outside his large, detached house in Staten Island at about 9.20pm on Wednesday, then run over with a pick-up truck. He said the shots were all the same volume, as if fired from the same gun.

Its former boss, Paul Castellano, was the last NY family leader to be killed, shot dead in 1985 on the orders of his successor, John Gotti.

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

According to The Daily Beast, Cali was made acting boss in 2015 after becoming a "made member" of the Gambino family in the late 1990's.

Later that year, he pleaded guilty to extortion conspiracy related to the planned construction of a NASCAR speedway on Staten Island - a plan that eventually was scrapped. The cases resulted in long prison terms for their bosses - Cali's swaggering 1980s-era predecessor John Gotti included - and encouraged their successors to keep a lower profile.

The Gambino family is one of New York's five historic Italian Mafia families - along with the Genoveses, Luccheses, Colombos and Bonannos.

A man with reported ties to organized crime has been shot and killed in New York City.


The Gambino operation is said to be one of the five historic Italian-US mafia families in NY.

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

He was assassinated outside Sparks Steakhouse in Manhattan in 1985. "But I guess old habits die hard".

Paul Castellano in 1959.


Cali then reaches into his trousers pocket to insinuate that he had a gun, the law enforcement source told the Daily Beast. As prosecutors tried and failed to bring him down, he came to be called the Teflon Don.

Last October, 71-year-old Sylvester Zottola of the Bonanno family was shot dead while waiting in his vehicle for an order from a Bronx McDonald's. At a 2008 bail, a prosecutor said Cali was seen "as a man of influence and power by organised crime members in Italy". For that, he got 16 months in prison before he was released.

A week ago, Persico died after serving 33 years in prison.


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