Police questioning suspect after Gambino crime boss gunned down

Police questioning suspect after Gambino crime boss gunned down

"This was not a random act", NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said Saturday during a press conference announcing the arrest.

"While we believe we have the shooter in custody for this incident, the investigation is far. from over", he said. "Were others conspiring to do this crime?"

Anthony Comello, 24, a non-mobster who works odd construction jobs, was named as the suspect who blasted at least ten slugs into Cali, 53, on the street outside the boss's brick mansion.

Comello has residences in several places, including Staten Island, Shea said.

Comello has numerous addresses, including on Staten Island, the official said. "Obviously, there are multiple angles that are being explored at this time".

At this point, the motive is still to be determined.

CNN is trying to reach Comello's lawyer for comment.

The 53-year-old Mr Cali, who was shot to death on Wednesday outside his Staten Island home, was allegedly the head of the Gambino family, one of the five Italian-American Mafia families that have historically dominated organised crime in NY and New Jersey. He went out to see what happened and the suspect pulled out a gun and began shooting, Shea said. He was rushed to Staten Island University Hospital North, where he was pronounced dead.

Shea said police have recovered the truck but have not recovered the gun used in the murder.

Federal prosecutors referred to Cali in court filings in recent years as the underboss of the Mafia's Gambino family, once one of the most powerful crime organizations in the country.

His only mob-related criminal conviction came a decade ago, when Cali pleaded guilty in an extortion conspiracy involving a failed attempt to build a NASCAR track on Staten Island.

He had been considered a unifying figure in the years after then-Gambino boss John Gotti, "Dapper Don", was convicted of murder and racketeering in 1992 and sent to prison for life, CNN affiliate WPIX reported.

Gotti, who was convicted of murder and racketeering in 1992, died of cancer in prison nine years later at the age of 61.



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