Reputed Gambino crime boss shot and killed outside home in NY

Reputed Gambino crime boss shot and killed outside home in NY

Reputed Gambino crime boss shot and killed outside home in NY

He was pronounced dead at a hospital soon after.

The body of former mob boss John Gotti is carried from Papavero Funeral Home in the Queens borough of NY 15 June 2002.

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

According to the New York Daily News, a family member of Cali's called 911, telling a dispatcher that the gunman's getaway vehicle ran him over.

The Mafia's notoriety and influence have waned in New York City since then, but there have been flare-ups.

In 2008, Cali was arrested and charged with federal racketeering as part of Operation Old Bridge - a code name for the February 7 arrests in Italy and the USA that targeted the Gambino crime family.

The circumstances preceding the shooting weren't immediately known, but police say they're looking for a blue pickup truck that fled the scene.

Cali was not only shot several times, his killers even ran over him with their vehicle, according to the New York Post.

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The Gambino family is one of the New York´s five historic Italian mafia families - along with the Genovese, Lucchese, Colombo and Bonanno families.

"It takes a certain type of evil to murder a friend in their own home, and then console the grieving relatives", said Federal Bureau of Investigation assistant director in charge William Sweeney.

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

Paul Castellano, the Gambino family head at that time, was shot in the street on Manhattan's East Side.

Cali had been considered a unifying figure in the years after John Gotti, "Dapper Don", was convicted and sent to prison by cooperating mob witnesses, WPIX reported.

A prosecutor echoed those sentiments at a 2008 bail hearing, saying Cali was seen "as a man of influence and power by organized crime members in Italy".

Last October, 71-year-old Sylvester Zottola of the Bonanno family was shot dead while waiting in his auto for an order from a Bronx McDonald's. He died at the Duke University Medical Center last Thursday. One man kneeled down next to Cali's body and sobbed, "Papa!"

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