Gambino crime family boss fatally shot at Staten Island home

Gambino crime family boss Francesco

Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali, 53, was found with multiple gunshot wounds to his body at his home in the borough's Todt Hill section just after 9 p.m.

The appointment allowed Cali to join the ranks of former leaders like John Gotti and Carlo Gambino.

He had long ties with the Sicilian mafia and the Gambino family, and was said to have intentionally kept a low profile during his time in charge. The Daily Beast noted, "Cali's home is a two-minute drive from where one of his predecessors, late Gambino boss Paul Castellano, lived in an ostentatious mansion dubbed the White House until he was executed outside Sparks Steak House in Manhattan in 1985".

The New York Post reported that police sources said the shooter hit Cali with multiple bullets and a 911 caller said they heard six or seven shots.

Cali was believed to have been elevated to the position of acting boss in 2015, taking over from Domenico "Greaseball" Cefalu.

Cali was the first NY crime family boss shot since 1985, when Paul Castellano, who owned a mansion on Todt Hill, was executed as he arrived at Sparks Steakhouse in Manhattan.

Cops retrieve evidence from the scene where Mob boss Francesco Cali was clipped late Wednesday. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Cops retrieve evidence from the scene where Mob boss Francesco Cali was clipped late Wednesday. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Otherwise known as "Franky Boy", Cali was considered the de facto godfather of the Gambino crime family, having served on its ruling panel for several years.

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

It was a marked change from the Gotti era, which brought with its unnecessary attention and exposure. Cali was married to Rosaria Inzerillo.

The Gambino crime family is one of what is widely referred to as "The Five Families" of Italian organized crime operations in New York City and other parts of the United States.

In January 1997, an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent reportedly notified Italian police of Cali's distinctive standing as a member of crime families on both sides of the ocean, after he was "combined" into the Gambino family.

On June 4, 2008, Cali pleaded guilty to conspiring to extort money.

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