Mob Boss Gunned Down Outside Staten Island Home

Francesco Cali 53 was shot multiple times in front of his home on Hilltop Terrace on Wednesday

Mob Boss Gunned Down Outside Staten Island Home

The purported head of the Gambino crime family, also known as "Franky Boy", was shot repeatedly outside his home in the NY borough of Staten Island late Wednesday.

Anthony Comello, 24, was arrested Saturday in the death of Francesco Cali on Wednesday in front of his Staten Island home, said Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea.

A man has been arrested in New Jersey in connection with the killing of Francesco Cali, a reputed boss of a NY crime family, a broadcast new report said Saturday.

When asked about Cali's reputation as a crime boss, Shea said, "We are well aware of Mr. Cali's past". The suspect shot Cali as many as 10 times, Shea said.

The suspect was arrested by the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force of the U.S. Marshal's Service, a New York source said.

Surveillance video of the killing showed a man, allegedly Mr Comello, crash his auto into Mr Cali's parked SUV, drawing Mr Cali outside in what might have been a ploy to lure him out of the house, Mr Shea said. He is purportedly a person of interest in the shooting and killing of Frank Cali, 53, in the Todt Hill neighborhood of Staten Island last Wednesday.

The motive for Cali's murder is not clear, the police official told AFP, adding that the murder weapon has not yet been recovered. No other details about the arrest were immediately available Saturday afternoon.

Cali's only mob-related criminal conviction came a decade ago, when he pleaded guilty in an extortion scheme involving a failed attempt to build a NASCAR track on Staten Island.

Cali, a native of the Italian island Sicily, served in the organization's ruling panel for years before replacing Domenico Cefalu in 2015.

Cali was sentenced to 16 months in prison and was released in 2009.

The killing marked the first murder of a sitting mob boss in NY since the December 1985 hit on Gambino boss Paul "Big Paul" Castellano, who lived in the same neighborhood where Cali was shot.

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