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A mobster in New York City may have one Police said Thursday that an armed man intentionally using a pickup in had thrown down the SUV of the gangster, had been lured to death.
Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali emerged from the security of his home in Staten Island to see what was going on and was confronted with a man who shot him dead six times, New Yorker Detective Dermot Shea said.
"It seems we know at this time that that was part of the plan," Shea said. "His car is involved in an accident with a person who eventually shoots him."
Shea said Cali's deadly shootout was captured by a surveillance camera, but it's still too early to tell if the 53-year-old Gambino gangster was the victim of a mob hit.
"Needless to say, with the potential criminal stance on this story, it becomes extremely important to the NYPD and the detective bureau," Shea said. "I think it's a little preliminary with the motive."
That is, Cali's past is a "focal point of the investigation," he said.
"Surely we are investigating what his past life or current life has been linked to the incident last night," he said. "It may not have anything to do with it either, we are in a very preparatory phase
Cali was a faint blow to the Gambino criminal family, two senior law enforcement officials told NBC News, and was killed at 9:00 am Wednesday after his parked Cadillac SUV was struck.
"He's leaving His house, "Shea said of Cali," There is a conversation with a person in front of this residence, the individual is firing a gun and shots were fired. "
Cali was hit by six of the dozen shots taken with a 9-millimeter Gun and tried to escape the killer by crawling under a vehicle, which led to erroneous reports that he had been run over, said S hea.
"Someone thought he had been run over, but he was probably trying to escape the shot under a car," he said, referring to a panic call from 911 made by someone in House Cali ,
Twelve bullet casings were found, and the police are looking for a blue or silver pickup truck to be seen in front of the camera. Run away from the scene – as did the alleged gunman, Shea said.
Calis' name was referred to in the federal court records as a Gambino-based corrupter, the Associated Press reported.
The Cali woman born in Sicily is the niece o f Gambino Capo John Gambino reported the New York Daily News. His brother Joseph and his brother-in-law Peter Inzerillo are allegedly Gambino soldiers.
The Gambino family was led many years by John Gotti, aka "Dapper Don", who died in jail in 2002. Gotti's brother Gene was released from prison six months ago after spending 29 years in heroin trade.