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The reputed boss of the New York Gambino crime family who was shot to death in front of his home, tried to hide under his own SUV during the recording, on the basis of new reports.
Police said Thursday that they were reviewing surveillance-camera video of the attack on Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali, 53, who was gunned down Wednesday evening in his red-brick colonial-style house in a quiet Staten Island neighborhood. The shooter sped off in a pick-up truck, police said. No immediate arrests were made.
“I think what happened was, Mr. Cali was hit several times by gunfire. In an attempt to escape the additional gunfire, fled to the rear portion of his private vehicle and someone who probably thought he was run over, but it was more that he tried to get under the truck to escape gunfire,” Chief of Detectives Dermott Shea told reporters during a press conference, such as The New York Post reported.
The gunman emerged from his house and around 9:15 a.m. after the gunman backed his pick-up in Cali’s Cadillac SUV, damaging it, police said. “With what we know at this point in time, it is quite possible that was part of a plan,” Shea said.
Video showed the attacker pulling a 9 mm pistol and opening fire on Cali about a minute after they started talking, according to Shea. At least 12 shots were fired. After he was shot multiple times, Cali tried to crawl under his SUV to hide, Shea said.
Images seemed to show that Cali had pulled out of his house after a pick-up truck backed into the SUV, causing the plate to loosen, a police officer who saw the video told the Daily Beast.
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Aggressive federal prosecution in the past 25 years have decimated the ranks of New York’s five mafia families. The cases have led to long prison terms for their bosses — Cali’s pretentious 1980’s-era predecessor, John Gotti included, and encouraged their successors to keep a lower profile.
But the new generation still working in the old-school crimes — loansharking, gambling, extortion can create enemies and spark bloodshed.
Shea said there has been a slight increase in the alleged gang-related violence in New York in the past year.
But, he said that it is still too early to say whether or not that had anything to do with the Cali’s to kill.
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Federal prosecutors referred to Cali in the court filings in the past few years as the incorporates of the Mafia, the Gambino family, once one of the most powerful and feared crime organizations in the country. News accounts since 2015 said that he had ascended to the top spot.
The last Mafia boss to be rubbed in New York City was the don Gambino “Big Paul” Castellano, killed on Gotti’s direction, while getting a black limousine outside a high-end Manhattan steakhouse in 1985. Gotti then took control of the family.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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