The reputable head of the New York crime family Gambino who was killed in front of his home tried to hide under his own SUV during the shooting, according to new reports.
Police said on Thursday that they reviewed the surveillance camera Video of the attack on Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali, 53, who was gunned down Wednesday evening in his red brick colonial style house in a quiet area of Staten Island. The shooter drove off in a pickup truck, police said. No immediate arrests were made.
"What I thought happened was that Cali was beaten several times by gunfire. When he tried to remove additional gunfire, he fled to the rear of his private vehicle and someone probably thought he was overflowing, but it was more he tried to come. Under the truck to trick the gunfire, Detective Manager Dermott Shea told reporters at a press conference reported by The New York Post.
The mobster emerged from his home around 9:1
Video showed the attacker pull a 9 mm gun and open fire on Cali About a minute after they started talking, Shea said at least 12 shots were fired, and after being shot several times, Cali tried to crawl under his SUV to hide, Shea said.
Footage appeared to show that Cali had pulled out of his house after a pickup truck behind the SUV and forced the driver's license to detention, a law enforcement officer who saw the video told the Daily Beast.
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Aggressive federal prosecution over the past 25 years has decimated the vote in New York's five mafia families. The cases resulted in long prison terms for their executives – Cali, mourning the 1980s predecessor John Gotti included – and encouraged his successors to maintain a lower profile.
But the new generation has still been involved in the age school's crime – gambling, extortion – which can make enemies and spark bloodshed.
Shea said it was a small spread in alleged mob-related violence in New York over the past year.
But he said it was too early to say if it had anything to do with Calis slaying.
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Federal Prosecutors referred to Cali in court proceedings over the past few years as the underpower of Mafia's Gambino family, once one of the most powerful and rescued criminal organizations in the country. News accounts since 2015 said he had risen to the top.
The last mafia boss rubbed out in New York City was Gambino Don "Big Paul" Castellano, murdered in Gotti's direction while coming out of a black limousine outside a high end Manhattan steakhouse in 1985. Gotti then took control of the family.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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