Francesco Cali Gambino family, who has deep ties to the Sicilian mob.
Gambino crime family boss Francesco Cali was gunned down in front of his Staten Island home on Wednesday night as he walked outside, according to the New York Police Department, and witnesses told police Cali’s killers ran him over in a blue pickup truck to finish the job.
Cali, 53, was shot multiple times in the chest shortly before 9:30 p.m. and then mowed down outside his home on Hilltop Terrace in Todt Hill. He was pronounced dead at Staten Island University Hospital. According to at least one person who called 911, Cali was run over by pick up truck after the shooting, a senior NYPD official told The Daily Beast.
Police are searching for the blue pickup truck that fled from the scene, the official said. No arrests had been made as of Thursday night.
Cali, whose parents were born in Sicily while he himself grew up in Brooklyn, was promoted to acting boss in 2015 after pulling off a “swift promotion” in less than ten years. With deep mob ties in Italy, authorities described him as an ambassador of sorts to Sicilian mobsters.
“In Cali’s crew, he has many members and associates who were born in Italy, and Cali is seen as a man of influence and power by organized crime members in Italy,” prosecutors said at a 2008 bail hearing.
Cali became a made member of the Gambino family in the late 1990s and quickly climbed the ranks to become a capo before he hit 40. He was part of a crew headed by Jackie “The Nose” D’Amico, who later became acting boss of the family and promoted him to capo.
His wife is the niece of Gambino capo John Gambino, and his brother Joseph and brother-in-law Peter Inzerillo are well-known Gambino soldiers.