Gambino crime family boss Frank Cali shot, killed

Reputed Gambino Crime Boss Frank Cali Shot Dead In Front Of Staten Island Home

On Wednesday, a little after 9 p.m., Cali - who went by Frank rather than Francesco- was shot multiple times in the torso outside of his Staten Island home, New York Police Department confirms to PEOPLE.

Medics arrived at the scene and transported Cali to Staten Island University North, where he was pronounced dead.

Citing a source in NY law enforcement, the outlet reports that Cali was respected for his personal family ties to Italy, his traditional Mafia values and his low-profile style - a contrast to the flamboyant decades under John "The Teflon Don" Gotti, who irked New York's other crime families by attracting scrutiny, and column inches, with murders and a series of splashy trials marked by witness intimidation and other tactics.

What could be more New York than the headline in the New York Post, reporting the killing of reputed Gambino family leader Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali?

Cali served 16 months in federal prison after being convicted of extortion at a proposed NASCAR track on Staten Island in 2008.

Cali, whose low-key style was a throwback contrast to flamboyant mobsters such as John Gotti, is the highest-ranking reputed boss to be whacked in the city in several years.

According to NBC New York, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn had described him as the underboss of the Gambino crime syndicate and was related through marriage to the Inzerillo family in Sicily.

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Following Castellano's murder, which saw the boss dramatically gunned down outside a Manhattan steakhouse after stepping out of a black limo, Gotti took over as the Gambino family don.

According to local media in NY, he took the helm of the Gambino family in 2015, replacing Domenico Cefalu.

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

An Italian mobster said Cali was "everything over there" in NY and referred to him as "a friend of ours". On April 6, 2009 he was released from prison. The other families are the Lucchese, Bonanno, Colombo, and Genovese families.

Media, including the New York Post, reported that Cali was shot at least six or seven times and also run over by a blue pickup truck driven by the shooter, citing unidentified police sources.

Someone called 911 about the crash - in addition to other calls about shots fired out on the street, sources said.

A week ago, Persico died after serving 33 years in prison.

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