Mafia boss 'Franky Boy' killed in drive-by shooting

The reputed head of New York's Gambino crime family, Frank Cali, has been killed outside his home, the city's police have told U.S. media.

Cali, thought to have headed the family since 2015, suffered "multiple gunshot wounds to the torso" in front of his home on Staten Island on Wednesday evening, police said.

According to a 911 call made by someone in the Cali home, the crime kingpin was also run over before he was shot, though the Daily News police sources say that claim is still under investigation.

Police confirmed the identity of Cali, who was pronounced dead at Staten Island University Hospital.

Police said surveillance video captures the shooter, and the pick-up believed to be the getaway truck.

Cali only had one criminal conviction, having spent 16 months for a 2008 federal extortion charge in connection with a failed bit to build a NASCAR race track in Staten Island.

Cali's murder is the first hit on a Mafia boss since John Gotti arranged the assassination of then-Gambino head Paul Castellano in 1985.

John Gotti, who organised the hit, then took power at the helm of the Gambino family. Gotti's brother Gene Gotti spent 29 years in prison for heroin distribution, but he got out in September 2018, leading to speculation as to what that could mean for the future of the organization.

According to local media in NY, he took the helm of the Gambino family in 2015, replacing Domenico Cefalu. A federal crackdown beginning in the 1980s later left many of its leaders in prison.

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

The Todt Hill neighborhood is known for its mafia history.

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

It wasn't the first such spattering of gore in recent years, however.

In October, Sylvester Zottola, 71, a reputed associate of the Bonanno crime family was shot and killed as he waited in his SUV to pick up an order at the drive-through window of a McDonald's in the Bronx.

Vanessa Coleman

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