Gambino crime boss shot and killed outside home in New York,
(CNN)A reputed New York crime boss was shot and killed outside a home
Francesco Cali, 53, was found with multiple gunshot wounds to the torso,
the NYPD said.
A law enforcement official confirmed to CNN that the victim was a
high-ranking member of the Gambino crime family and is believed to be
the acting boss.
Police responded to a 911 call Wednesday night of an assault in front of
the home in the New York borough of Staten Island.
EMS responded to the scene and transported Cali to Staten Island
University North where he was pronounced dead.
Police say there are no arrests and the investigation is ongoing.
Cali had been considered a unifying figure in the years after John
Gotti, "the Dapper Don," was convicted and sent to prison by cooperating
mob witnesses, CNN affiliate WPIX reported.
Unlike the well-dressed Gotti of the late 80s and early 90s, Cali kept a
He was the first New York crime family boss shot in 34 years, according
to the station. In 1985, Paul Castellano was executed as he arrived at
Sparks Steakhouse in Manhattan.
Gotti and his turncoat underboss, Sammy "the Bull" Gravano reportedly
watched the action from nearby.