Murdered mobster Frank Cali 'lured out of home' before being shot

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A reputed NY crime boss was shot and killed outside a home Wednesday night.

Police responding to a 911 call about an assault in progress just after 9.15pm arrived to find 53-year-old Cali with six gunshot wounds to the torso.

Cali was pronounced dead at Staten Island University Hospital. The shooter sped off in a pickup truck, police said.

He had pleaded guilty in an extortion conspiracy involving a failed attempt to build a NASCAR track in Staten Island.

Cali is the first mob boss to be murdered in NY since Gotti ordered the infamous hit on Gambino boss Paul Castellano, having him gunned down in front of Sparks Steak House in Manhattan in December 1985.

In 1985, Gambino "capo" John Gotti orchestrated the murder of Castellano to become the most publicized boss of the family. He was convicted of racketeering and murder in 1992 and later died in prison.

Cali was an associate in the Gambino family, according to court documents, when he was indicted in 2008 with more than two dozen other Gambino members for a range of alleged crimes.

Cali reportedly took over the Gambino crime family in 2015, according to a profile in Gang Land News.

The murder reminded Mob fans of the last NY "hit" on a Mafia boss, almost 40 years ago.

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

But federal prosecutors held that Cali was involved in a number of other crime schemes, including operating illegal gambling machines in Brooklyn establishments and snatching profits from an annual Italian Feast festival in the borough.

Affluent Todt Hill is renowned for its crime connections.

Shea said there has been a slight uptick in alleged mob-related violence in NY within the past year.

However, he says the recent murder "is turning all of those years on its head". The attack came three months after Zottola's son, Salvatore Zottola, was also shot, but survived.

"It takes a certain type of evil to murder a friend in their own home, and then console the grieving relatives", said Federal Bureau of Investigation assistant director in charge William Sweeney.

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