Mafia boss Francesco ‘Frank’ Cali, leader of the Gambino family, was shot dead Wednesday night in front of his home in New York, according to Police.
Cali, 53, was shot six times in the chest at about 9:20 p.m. local time (Thursday, 1:20 a.m. GMT) and reportedly was also hit by a truck driven by his alleged assassins. The mafia boss was taken to Staten Island University Hospital, where he was declared dead. The incident occurred in front of Cali’s home in Staten Island’s Todt Hill neighborhood, known for the influence of mobsters.
The Gambino family, one of the five members of the Sicilian mafia in New York, became the largest criminal organization in the United States dedicated to all types of criminal activities until its fall into disgrace in the 1990s.
Cali’s murder is the first in decades of a mafia boss in New York and the highest-profile in the Gambino family since 1985 when John Gotti ordered to kill the then leader Paul Castellano to take power of the organization.
Gotti was arrested at the end of 1990 thanks to the collaboration of his second in command, Salvatore Gravano, with the FBI, a relationship that would cause the fall of several mafia bosses and that the Gambino family lost much of its power. Gotti died in prison in 2002.
Born to Sicilian parents in Palermo, Cali was born in New York in 1965 and was involved in the New York mafia from a young age. Between 2008 and 2009 he served 10 months in prison for a crime of extortion. Cali took control of the organization in 2015.