Reputed Boss Of Gambino Crime Family Gunned Down In New York

Mob boss Paul Castellano covered in a sheet on a New York sidewalk in 1985

The unidentified killer fled the scene in a blue vehicle, witnesses said.

Business Insider said Cali essentially was in charge of New York City's city's food industry and was worth an estimated $30 million.

The Gambino operation is said to be one of the five historic Italian-US mafia families in NY. Family members were seen to rush into the street and sit crying next to his body.

The body of mafia crime boss Paul Castellano lies on a stretcher outside the Sparks Steak House in New York after he and his bodyguard were gunned down Dec. 16 1985
Reputed Gambino Crime Boss Frank Cali Shot Dead In Front Of Staten Island Home

There was no known motive for the shooting of Cali, a police watch commander told Reuters.

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.

The appointment allowed Cali to join the ranks of former leaders like John Gotti and Carlo Gambino. He died in prison in 2002.

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Detectives stand over the body of reputed mob boss Paul Castellano, after his execution outside of Sparks Steakhouse on 46th St.in December 1985.

Shortly after, emergency responders arrived on the scene and Cali, who was born in New York City, was transported to Staten Island University North Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. On April 6, 2009 he was released from prison.

The FDNY responded at 9:18 p.m.to a home in the upscale Todt Hill section of Staten Island. It was used as the location for fictional crime boss Don Corleone's compound in the 1972 film The Godfather.

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Gambino headed the organization until 1976, when he handed power over to his brother-in-law Paul Castellano.

On Wednesday, two heads of the Bonanno family, Joseph Cammarano Jr and John Zancocchio, were acquitted in a Manhattan court of racketeering and conspiracy to commit extortion.

The New York Daily News reported in 2015 that cali had been made acting boss of the Gambino crime family: "Frank Cali, 49, of Staten Island, who has served on the family's ruling panel for several years, has been elevated to acting boss, replacing 68-year-old Domenico Cefalu, the website Ganglandnews.com reported Thursday".

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Zottola's son, Salvatore, survived an apparent assassination attempt in July 2018 outside his home in the Bronx.

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