Gunman in mob boss slaying may have staged crash

New York City Police officer is seen at the scene where reported New York Mafia Gambino family crime boss Francesco Franky Boy Cali was killed outside his home in the Staten Island borough of New York City U.S

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The shooter sped off in a pickup truck, police said. He was pronounced dead at Staten Island University North hospital, according to police.

Witnesses said they heard six or seven shots.

Det Shea said Cali emerged from his home around 9:15pm after the suspect backed his pickup truck into his Cadillac SUV.

In 1985, Gambino boss Paul Castellano was shot dead by notorious mob boss John Gotti in front of a steakhouse in what was considered one of the most infamous mob hits of all time.

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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.

In 1985, Gambino "capo" John Gotti orchestrated the murder of Castellano to become the most publicized boss of the family.

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

Francesco "Franky boy" Cali, the reputed boss of the Gambino crime family, was gunned down and mowed down last night outside his house on Staten Island.

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

New York's major crime families, the Gambinos, the Luccheses, the Genoveses, the Bonannos and the Colombos, have seen some decline over the past few decades, as federal law enforcement agencies have tried to extricate their influence from construction and other major industries. "Very surprising, but I guess old habits die hard".

He also had close ties through marriage to the Inzerillo family in Palermo, Sicily, having married Rosaria Inzerillo, a sister of Pietro Inzerillo and a relative of Gambino associate Frank Inzerillo.

"Cali is seen as a man of influence and power by organised crime members in Italy", US assistant attorney Joey Lipton told the court, the New York Daily News reported at the time. As prosecutors tried and failed to bring him down, he came to be called the Teflon Don. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 16 months in prison.

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Weiss explains that the younger Gotti and Cali had often clashed 30 years ago, and upon his return, reignited their feud.

In that case, authorities intercepted conversations shedding light on his quiet underworld command.

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