The head of the Gambino crime family, Francesco ‘Franky Boy’ Cali, was gunned down in New York. The 53-year-old mafia boss has been shot dead outside his home in Staten Island, The New York Post reported.
One of the New York crime families, Gambino, lost its head on Wednesday around 9:20 p.m. Francesco ‘Franky Boy’ Cali ruled the Gambino crime family, which is one of the five historic Italian-American Mafia families in New York.
As The New York Post understood, Francesco has been shot before being run over. The NYPD said he was hit multiple times in his torso, then he was taken to hospital but was declared dead.
The tragic incident came to prominence in the late 1950s following a period of bloody inter-gang rivalry. After the so-called peace deal, all five crime families started a new phase of their illegal activity. During the 1960s its extortion, loan-sharking and prostitution rackets were estimated to be bringing in $500,000,000 a year.
the late Francesco Cali took over the family in 2015 had also been linked with Inzerillo Mafia clan of Palermo. According to the police, Franky Boy was a “quiet, old-school boss” while mafia watchers said “no one ever sees him”.
His only conviction came in 2008 and he served 16 months in prison for an extortion scheme.
Police have not yet made arrests but an investigation has begun. The NYPD said it was looking for a suspect who sped away from the scene in a blue pickup truck, WNBC-TV reported.