The alleged head of the Gambino criminal family in New York, shot dead in front of his home, tried to hide under his SUV during filming.
Police said they were reviewing the video surveillance camera of the attack on Francis "Franky Boy" Cali, 53, who was shot dead Wednesday night at his colonial-style house in red bricks in a quiet neighborhood of Staten Island. The shooter fled on a pickup truck, police said. No immediate arrest was made.
"What I believe happened was that Mr. Cali was shot several times. In an attempt to evade further gunshots, he fled to the rear of his private vehicle and someone probably thought he was hit, but it was more than he was trying to get under the truck to evade gunshots, "Detective Chief Dermott Shea told reporters. a press conference, as reported by the New York Post.
The mafioso emerged from his house around 9.1
Video showed that the attacker was pulling a 9 mm gun and opening fire on Cali about a minute after he started talking, according to Shea. At least 12 shots were fired. After he was shot several times, Cali tried to crawl under his SUV to hide, Shea said.
The footage seemed to show that Cali had been taken out of his home after a pickup truck returned to the SUV, forcing the license plate to come off, a police officer who saw the video told the Daily Beast.
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Federal aggressive criminal proceedings over the past 25 years the ranks of the five mafia families in New York. The cases led to lengthy prison sentences for their bosses – including Cali's predecessor, a swagger of the 80's, John Gotti – and encouraged their successors to keep a lower profile.
But the new generation is still engaged in old-school crimes: loans, gambling, extortion – which can make enemies and trigger bloodshed.
Shea said that there was a slight increase in the alleged mafia-related violence in New York in the last year.
But, he said it was too early to tell if this had anything to do with Cali's killing.
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Federal prosecutors referred to Cali in court in recent years as the underpass of the Gambino mafia family, once one of the criminal organizations most powerful and feared in the country. Reports from 2015 say he was in first place.
The last mafia boss to have been canceled in New York was the Gambino don "Big Paul" Castellano, murdered in the direction of Gotti while he was getting out of a black limousine outside a high-end steakhouse Manhattan in 1985. Gotti then took control of the family.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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