Witnesses told local media of hearing at least six shots coming from outside, and seeing Cali's family members rushing outside and crying next to his body.
The day after Castellano's December 1985 murder, The New York Times called the Mob boss' death "highly stylized", but Giuliani dismissed such morbid romanticism. News accounts since 2015 said he had ascended to the top spot. He died in prison in 2002.
Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said there has been a slight urise in alleged mob-related violence in NY within the a year ago.
Weiss explains that the younger Gotti and Cali had often clashed 30 years ago, and upon his return, reignited their feud.
Late Wednesday night, in a scene that could have been pulled from a Godfather movie, Gambino crime family leader Frank "Franky Boy" Cali was gunned down outside his Staten Island home.
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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.
"The Gambino crime family during Castellano's reign was the largest criminal organization in the US, with law enforcement estimating it had some 250 "'made" members" and "more than 550 lower-ranking "associate' members". "So, if the theory of Gene Gotti stepping forward and being angry enough to take this kind of action, he couldn't take it without believing that the majority of the captains in his own family were supportive of it".
Castellano's death led to the rise of John "Dapper Don" Gotti, who then took over as Gambino family boss, running criminal enterprises ranging from gambling to money laundering to prostitution. He was pronounced dead at Staten Island University North hospital, according to police.
Last October, 71-year-old Sylvester Zottola of the Bonanno family was shot dead while waiting in his vehicle for an order from a Bronx McDonald's.
Cali himself was jailed for 16 months for his connection to an extortion scheme surrounding an attempt to build a NASCAR track on Staten Island. After he was shot several times, Cali tried to crawl under his SUV to hide, Shea said.