Police Question Suspect in Murder of NY Mafia Boss

Police work near the scene where an alleged leader of the Gambino crime family was shot and killed in Staten Island

Enlarge Image Police work near the scene where an alleged leader of the Gambino crime family was shot and killed in Staten Island. AP

Investigators in NY are searching for an attacker who killed an alleged gangster, Franky Boy Cali, outside his home on Wednesday night.

The man cops believe gunned down Gambino mob boss Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali may have done so because of a "personal dispute" - and not because of any mafia-related business, law enforcement sources told The Post. At least six of the bullets struck Cali, who was pronounced dead at Staten Island University Hospital, Ocean Breeze. The accident appeared to have been a setup to draw Cali outside, police have said.

The report said the man is from Staten Island, where the fatal shooting of Cali occurred Wednesday in front of his home in the Hilltop Terrace section of the borough.

A panicked family member called 911, telling a dispatcher Cali was run over before he was shot, though investigators were still looking into whether the gunman mowed the mobster down, sources said. Cali was convicted in an extortion scheme in the late 2000s and served 16 months in federal prison.

Cali was the first NY crime family boss shot since 1985, when Paul Castellano, who owned a mansion on Todt Hill, was executed as he arrived at Sparks Steakhouse in Manhattan.

The Gambino Family was once among the most powerful criminal organizations in the US, but federal prosecutions in the 1980s and 1990s sent its top leaders to prison and diminished its reach.

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