NEW YORK: The reputed boss of New York Mafia family the Gambinos, Francesco “Frank” Cali, has been shot dead outside his home on Staten Island, police said.
The 53-year-old, thought to have been de facto godfather of the Italian crime family since 2015, suffered “multiple gunshot wounds to the torso” in the attack on Wednesday evening, police said.
The New York Daily News reported Cali, also known as “Franky Boy,” was shot six times then hit by a blue truck in which the suspects fled.
Police added he was taken to Staten Island University North hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
“There are no arrests and the investigation is ongoing,” police said.
The Gambino family is one of New York’s five historic Italian Mafia families – along with the Genovese, Lucchese, Colombo and Bonanno families.
US media reported that his death marked the first murder of a New York mob boss in 34 years, since the death of Paul Castellano – another Gambino family boss – by order of John Gotti.
Following Castellano’s murder, Gotti headed the Gambino family until his incarceration for conspiracy and murder in 1992. Gotti died in prison in 2002.
Last October, 71-year-old Sylvester Zottola of the Bonanno family was shot dead while waiting in his car for an order from a Bronx McDonald’s. His son Salvatore had been shot three months earlier outside the family home but survived.
Cali had served 16 months in prison following a 2008 extortion conviction.
According to local media in New York, he took the helm of the Gambino family in 2015, replacing Domenico Cefalu.