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New York crime boss Frank Cali murdered

IANS  |  New York 

The of New York's crime family, Frank Cali, has been shot dead outside his home here, the police said.

Cali, 53, was found with multiple gunshot wounds to the torso in the borough of Staten Island on Wednesday, the NYPD said. The incident is said to be the first targeted killing of a mob boss in the city since 1985, the US media reported.

A told that the victim was a high-ranking member of the family and was believed to be the acting boss. The operation is said to be one of the five historic Italian-US mafia families in

According to witnesses, the unidentified killer fled the scene in a They said Cali's killer shot him at least six times and then ran him over before fleeing the scene. The police said the motive was not known.

Cali had been considered a unifying figure in the years after then-Gambino boss John Gotti, "Dapper Don", was convicted of murder and racketeering in 1992 and sent to prison for life, affiliate reported.

Cali was the first crime family boss shot in 34 years, according to In 1985, the Gambino family's was shot dead as he arrived at Sparks Steakhouse in Manhattan -- a killing organized by Gotti, authorities said.

Gotti, who then assumed control of the family, reportedly watched the action from nearby with his eventual underboss, Sammy "the Bull" Gravano. But Gravano later testified against Gotti, leading to the latter's 1992 conviction in five murders -- one of several major convictions that thinned the Mafia ranks in the 1980s and 90s.

The police said there were no arrests in the Wednesday killing and the investigation was ongoing.



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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 21:24 IST