Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Mafia boss shot dead outside home

Mafia boss shot dead outside home

The Gambino Family was once among the most powerful criminal organizations in the US, but federal prosecutions in the 1980s and 1990s sent its top leaders to prison and diminished its reach.

No arrests have been made and an investigation is ongoing as police search for a blue pickup truck that fled the gruesome scene after it is believed to have run Cali over.

'The man was on the ground face-up.

Authorities have claimed the 53-year-old Cali is the boss of the Gambino crime family, previously headed by the infamous John Gotti.

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

The Genovese, Gambino, Lucchese, Colombo and Bonanno mafia families are believed to have controlled organised crime in NY for decades.

He was described by mafia watchers as the opposite of the exuberant former boss John Gotti because "no one ever sees him".

His only mob-related criminal conviction came a decade ago, when Cali pleaded guilty in an extortion conspiracy involving a failed attempt to build a NASCAR track on Staten Island.

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"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.

Castellano, who at the time was the 70-year-old reputed leader of the same family, which was seen as the nation's largest and most powerful crime organization at the time, was gunned down outside of New York City's Sparks Steakhouse on 46th St. Paul Castellano also owned a home there.

Charges against members of Mafia operations, including Gambino family operatives, have included murder, loan sharking, gambling and illegal drug distribution, Reuters has reported.

Since Gotti's downfall, the Gambinos - and other mafia families - have lost much of the power they once had over politicians, judges and labor unions.

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

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