New York City police investigated brave, deadly shots on accused Gambino criminal Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali outside his home in Staten Island on Thursday.

Cali, aged 53, was shot in the chest six times by an armed man who then roared off with a blue pickup, local news sources reported citing police sources. He was taken to Staten Island University Hospital North, where he was pronounced dead.

United States prosecutors have described Cali as one of the leading leaders of the well-known Gambino criminal family in New York. His murder was the most notable murder of a Gambino boss since 1

985, when Paul Castellano was shot in front of Sparks Steak House in Manhattan. Cali lived less than half a mile from Castellanos Villa Staten Island.

Frank Cali, head of the Gambino crime family, was shot dead on Wednesday night in Staten Island. (Photo: HANDOUT, AFP / Getty Images)

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Cali is from Sicily and is his Mrs. Niece of the Gambino Capo John Gambino.

The New York Daily News and other media in the city have reported that Cali has risen to the top of the gang since 2015, even though he has never been confronted with an indictment. Cali's only mobile criminal conviction came a decade ago when Cali pleaded guilty to a blackmail plea involving a failed attempt to build a NASCAR lane on Staten Island, New York. He was sentenced to 16 months in federal penitentiary and released in 2009.

The Gambino family was once one of the most powerful criminal organizations in the United States, but the United States Attorney's Office in the 1980s and 1990s jailed its top leaders and reduced its reach.

The iconic Gambino leader John Gotti died in 2002 in federal prison. Gotti's brother, Gene, 71, was released from prison last year after serving nearly 30 years in the heroin trade.

Another former leader of the group, Carmine John "The Snake" Persico Jr. died last week while serving a 139-year prison sentence. He was 85.

Post: The Associated Press

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