The reputed boss of New York ’ s Gambino crime family was left riddled with bullets outside his home on Staten Island, an old- school hit akin to the storied executions of 20th – century mafia dons .
The grisly scene saw Francesco “ Frank ” Cali shot dead outside his colonial- style red – brick home on Staten Island , police said Thursday .
The 53- year – old with deep ties to Sicilian organized crime factions — thought to have been leading the Gambinos since 2015 , wielding influence both stateside and in Italy — suffered “ multiple gunshot wounds to the torso” in the attack on Wednesday evening , police said .
Cali, also known as “Franky Boy , ” was shot six times, then hit by a blue truck in which the suspects fled. He was pronounced dead at Staten Island University North hospital , according to police .
“ There are no arrests and the investigation is ongoing, ” police said .
The Gambino family is one of New York ’ s five historic Italian Mafia families — along with the Genoveses , Luccheses , Colombos and Bonannos .
US media reported that Cali’ s death marked the first murder of a New York mob boss in 34 years, since the death of Paul Castellano — another Gambino family boss — by order of the infamous John Gotti , also known as Teflon Don.
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.
A paparazzi darling who sported flashy suits with his signature slick pompadour , police ultimately toppled Gotti and incarcerated him for conspiracy and murder in 1992 .
He died in prison in 2002 , leaving a notorious legacy that cemented New York ’ s place in mob lore .
– Ruling from the shadows –
Cali is thought to have taken the helm of the Gambino family in 2015 , replacing Domenico Cefalu.
His power and rise within the Gambino clan was owed in large part to his family connections in Palermo, Sicily ; Cali reportedly married Rosaria Inzerillo , the daughter of a prominent Sicilian mob faction that was once one of the island ’ s most powerful.
He began ascending within the ranks under capo John D’ Amico, who went by Jackie and became the family ’ s acting boss in 2005 — after which Cali became an acting captain , according to court documents .
Cali faced just one arrest over his career, over an extortion plot linked to a failed bid to build a Nascar race track . He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 16 months in prison .
But federal prosecutors held that Cali was involved in a number of other crime schemes , including operating illegal gambling machines in Brooklyn establishments and snatching profits from an annual Italian Feast festival in the borough .