Gambino Crime Boss Francesco "Frank" Cali Shot Dead In New York

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Paramedics transported Cali to Staten Island University North hospital after responding to the home at 9:17 p.m.

Gotti, who later died in prison, took over the Gambino family at the time.

A law enforcement official confirmed the victim was a high-ranking member of the Gambino crime family and is believed to be the acting boss.

According to local media in New York, Cali took the helm of the family in 2015, replacing Domenico Cefalu.

Cali is the first family boss to be murdered since the brazen 1985 power play that left Paul "Big Paulie" Castellano bleeding out in the street in front of Sparks Steakhouse and John Gotti on top of the Gambinos.

The Mafia's notoriety and influence have waned in New York City since then, but there have been flare-ups.

Cali's wife and children were home at the time of the shooting.

Police say there are no arrests and that the investigation is ongoing. He was shot several times.

The Gambino family is one of the New York´s five historic Italian mafia families - along with the Genovese, Lucchese, Colombo and Bonanno families.

NY media reported that 53-year-old Cali was shot multiple times outside his vehicle on Staten Island on Wednesday evening, local time, by an unidentified man who then fled the scene in a blue auto.

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn had referred to Cali in court filings in recent years as the underboss of the Gambino organization, related through marriage to the Inzerillo clan in the Sicilian Mafia, according to The Associated Press.

"Frank Cali was a pretty likeable guy, and also this is not a way the mob would kill one of their own", he said.

Cali's demeanor, while he was alive, was completely unlike the manner John Gotti conducted himself, the latter an extravagant and ostentatious mobster the Mob hadn't seen since the days of Al Capone. Sylvester Zottola, 71, reportedly of the Bonanno crime family, was gunned down at a McDonald's drive thru in the Bronx last October, according to WABC. An Italian mobster said Cali was "everything over there" in NY and referred to him as "a friend of ours". The 85-year-old was serving a 100-year federal prison sentence after his conviction on racketeering and murder charges in the famous mid-'80s "Commission trial".

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