NY media reported that 53-year-old Cali was shot multiple times outside his auto on Staten Island on Wednesday evening, local time, by an unidentified man who then fled the scene in a blue vehicle.
The New York Daily News reported Cali, also known as "Franky Boy", was shot six times then hit by a blue truck in which the suspects fled.
Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said police are reviewing surveillance footage that captured the events surrounding Frank Cali's death yesterday in Staten Island. Despite having been in prison since 1986 - serving a 139-year sentence - he was said to have been running the family from behind bars.
Police were seen taking a late-model silver Cadillac Escalade SUV away from the scene on a covered, flatbed truck around noon Thursday.
The last mob boss to be killed was Paul Castellano, also the leader of the Gambino crime family at the time, who was murdered outside Sparks Steakhouse in Midtown Manhattan in 1985.
In 2012, Cali was identified as the new underboss of the Gambino crime family.
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Meanwhile, on March 13, two heads of the Bonanno family, Joseph Cammarano Jr. and John Zancocchio, were acquitted in court on conspiracy and racketeering charges, the New York Times reported.
Pandrella, 59, is accusing of shooting Zito in his own home and stealing money from him - before returning to the scene of the crime hours later to grieve with the older man's family.
In 2008, Cali was arrested and charged with federal racketeering as part of Operation Old Bridge - a code name for the February 7 arrests in Italy and the USA that targeted the Gambino crime family.
Cali lived in the Todt Hill section of Staten Island, on a leafy street near the private Richmond County Country Club golf course - and not far from where Castellano lived in a mansion when he ran the Gambino family.
Witnesses told local media of hearing at least six shots coming from outside, and seeing Cali's family members rushing outside and crying next to his body.
Cali, who was born in Sicily, Italy, reportedly had strong ties to an Italian crime family. "But I guess old habits die hard".
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