Hitman handed license plate to mob boss before shooting him to death

Affluent neighbourhood Police near Cali’s home in the Todt Hill area of Staten Island

The person who whacked Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali appears to have lured the Gambino crime boss out of his Staten Island home by smashing into the mobster's auto, law enforcement sources said Thursday.

Officers rushed to his residence at around 9:17 p.m. local time after a report of an assault was called in, NBC News reported, citing the New York City Police Department.

New York Police seal off the area around suspected Gambino crime boss Frank Cali's Staten Island home. Investigators haven't made any arrests in the hours that have passed but insists the case remains an open book until they publicly state otherwise.

Later that year, he pleaded guilty to extortion conspiracy related to the planned construction of a NASCAR speedway on Staten Island - a plan that eventually was scrapped.

USA media reported that his death marked the first murder of a NY mob boss in 34 years, since the death of Paul Castellano - another Gambino family boss - by order of John Gotti.

Cali had been considered a unifying figure in the years after John Gotti, "Dapper Don", was convicted and sent to prison by cooperating mob witnesses, CNN affiliate WPIX reported.

The reputed head of New York's notorious Gambino crime family has been shot dead on Staten Island in the first targeted killing of a mob boss in the city in more than 30 years.

Reputed Boss Of Gambino Crime Family Gunned Down In New York
Alleged Gambino Crime Family Boss Frank Cali Shot Dead Outside Home

The reputed "acting boss" of the storied Gambino Crime Family was found shot to death outside his home Wednesday evening.

The Todt Hill neighborhood is known for its mafia history.

A man with reported ties to organized crime has been shot and killed in New York City.

While it has been decades since a mafia boss was killed in NY, lower-level members have been attacked or killed in recent years.

"We thought those days were over", Mayor Bill de Blasio said of Cali's slaying.

It wasn't the first such spattering of gore in recent years, however. His son Salvatore had been shot three months earlier outside the family home, but survived.

Also on Wednesday night, a Gambino family associate of over a decade, Anthony Pandrella, was arrested for robbing and murdering his friend Vincent Zito, 78, the US Attorney's Office in Brooklyn announced Thursday.

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