A man said by federal prosecutors to be a top leader of the Gambino mob family was fatally shot outside his home in NY on Wednesday night.
Police say 53-year-old Francesco Cali was found with multiple gunshot wounds to his body at his home in the Todt Hill section of Staten Island just after 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Witnesses said Cali's killer shot him at least six times and then ran him over before fleeing the scene.
The reputed boss of the US Gambino crime family was shot to death in front of his NY home by a gunman who may have staged a vehicle accident to lure him outside, dying a virtual unknown compared with his swaggering 1980s-era predecessor, John Gotti.
Cali spent time in prison from 2008 to 2009 on extortion charges related to a planned NASCAR race track on Staten Island. Now, there is concern that this could be the start of a mob war in New York City. They remain powerful players in the black market, however, in loan sharking, gambling, prostitution and the drug trade, according to law enforcement.
The Sicily native, who is married to John Gambino's niece, served on the family's ruling panel for several years before being promoted to acting boss in 2015, replacing the previous leader Domenico Cefalu, also known as "Greaseball".
He was the first NY crime family boss shot in 34 years, according to the station.
Two of the most notorious Gambino capos, John Gotti (left) and Paul Castellano (right), are seen above.
"There are no arrests and the investigation is ongoing", police said in a statement.
Gotti was convicted of racketeering and murder in 1992 and died of cancer in prison in 2002, at the age of 61.
The murder reminded Mob fans of the last NY "hit" on a Mafia boss, almost 40 years ago.
In October, Sylvester Zottola, 71, a reputed associate of the Bonanno crime family was shot and killed as he waited in his SUV to pick up an order at the drive-through window of a McDonald's in the Bronx.
Since Gotti's downfall, the Gambinos - and other mafia families - have lost much of the power they once had over politicians, judges and labor unions.