Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali, the 53-year-old reputed Gambino crime family boss, was reportedly shot dead Wednesday night outside his home in Staten Island, making him the highest-ranking suspected mob figure to be killed in the city in years.
Cali was shot several times in the torso in the Todt Hill section of Staten Island around 9:20 p.m., the New York Post reported. He was rushed to Staten Island University Hospital North, where he was pronounced dead.
A neighbor of Cali’s told the New York Times that he heard a burst of about seven gunshots just after 9 p.m.
“I just heard the pow-pow-pow-pow-pow,” said the 58-year-old, who identified himself to the paper as Salvatore.
No arrests had been made as police continued to investigate the shooting. The NYPD said it was looking for a suspect who sped away from the scene in a blue pickup truck, WNBC-TV reported.
Cali became the notorious crime family’s acting boss in 2015, replacing then 68-year-old Domenico Cefalu, according to the New York Daily News.
The Gambino Family was once among the most powerful criminal organizations in the U.S., but federal prosecutions in the 1980s and 1990s sent its top leaders to prison and diminished its reach.