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Frank Cali of New York Mafia’s Gambino family shot dead

Frank Cali in 2008.

Frank Cali in 2008. ( AFP )

The reported crime boss of New York Mafia’s Gambino family has been gunned down in front of his Staten Island home.

Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali was shot multiple times shortly after 9pm local time on Wednesday, police said.

Local media, including the New York Post, reported that Cali was shot at least six or seven times in the torso and also run over by a blue pickup truck driven by the shooter, citing unidentified police sources.

The Gambino crime operation is one of the five historic Italian-American Mafia families in New York and it allegedly makes money through violence and extortion.

A man said by federal prosecutors to have been a top leader of New York’s notorious Gambinocrime family was shot and killed Wednesday on Staten Island. (AP)

Charges against members of Mafia operations, including Gambino family operatives, have included murder, loan sharking, gambling and illegal drug distribution, according to Reuters.

The New York Daily News reported in 2008 that Cali was among 62 people arrested on federal racketeering charges and he later pleaded guilty to conspiring to extort money. He served a 16-month sentence.

There is no known motive for the shooting of Cali, a police watch commander said.

“There are no arrests and the investigation is ongoing,” police said in a statement.

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