Reputed Gambino crime boss shot and killed outside NY home

New York City Police officer is seen at the scene where reported New York Mafia Gambino family crime boss Francesco Franky Boy Cali was killed outside his home in the Staten Island borough of New York City U.S

Now, there is concern that this could be the start of a mob war in New York City.

He began ascending within the ranks under capo John D'Amico, who went by Jackie and became the family's acting boss in 2005 - after which Cali became an acting captain, according to court documents.

Citing a source in NY law enforcement, the outlet reports that Cali was respected for his personal family ties to Italy, his traditional Mafia values and his low-profile style - a contrast to the flamboyant decades under John "The Teflon Don" Gotti, who irked New York's other crime families by attracting scrutiny, and column inches, with murders and a series of splashy trials marked by witness intimidation and other tactics.

Cali is the first mob boss murdered in the Big Apple since 1985, when then-Gambino boss Paul Castellano was gunned down at Sparks steakhouse in Midtown on the orders of John Gotti.

Cali's body was found in an area of Staten Island that has been home to some of New York's most notorious mobsters and their families.

Castellano, the Gambino family head at that time, was shot in the street on Manhattan's East Side while on trial for conspiracy to commit murder, among other charges.

Cali is thought to have taken the helm of the Gambino family in 2015, replacing Domenico Cefalu.

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"There are no arrests and the investigation is ongoing", police said.

Cali kept a much lower profile than Gotti and was killed in far less spectacular fashion than Castellano. "But I guess old habits die hard".

Cali then reaches into his trousers pocket to insinuate that he had a gun, the law enforcement source told the Daily Beast.

Last October, Bonanno crime family associate Sylvester Zottola, 71, was gunned down at a Bronx McDonald's drive-thru as he waited for a coffee.

In that case, authorities intercepted conversations shedding light on his quiet underworld command.

He says with Cali's killing, he does expect to see more violence in the future, but he doesn't believe there's a target on Gene's back.

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