Frank Cali, Gambino the reputed boss of the Gambino crime family was shot and killed steps from his front door on Staten Island in what is believed to be the first shooting death of a mob boss in New York in three decades.
Francesco “Frankie Boy” Cali, who purportedly ran the family once led by John Gotti, was 53. Authorities say he was shot anywhere from six to 10 times in the torso around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday on Hilltop Terrace near 4 Corners Road in the Todt Hill section.
His wife and child were in the home at the time, which sources say is a highly unusual circumstance in the lore of organized crime — which, in its heyday, followed certain rules that kept targets from getting whacked in front of their families.
Police were looking for a blue vehicle possibly seen outside the home prior to the shooting and were investigating whether Cali had been run down before he was shot. Despite 911 calls and the position his body was located, it is not believed Cali was run over. He was taken to Richmond University Hospital, where he later died.