Mob Boss Gunned Down Outside Staten Island Home

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 16, 2019

A 24-year-old Staten Island man has been arrested in Brick Township in connection with the slaying of the boss of the Gambino crime family.

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.

Anthony Comello was arrested in New Jersey in the death of Francesco Cali on Wednesday in front of his Staten Island home, said Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea, who stressed that the investigation is in its early stages. The New York Post reported the killing was related to a personal dispute - not activity related to organized crime - and the unnamed suspect had family in Brick.

Surveillance video of the killing showed a man, allegedly Comello, crash his vehicle into Cali's parked SUV, drawing Cali outside in what might have been a ploy to lure him out of the house, Shea said. The suspect shot Cali as many as 10 times, Shea said.

Police said surveillance video captures the shooter, and the pick-up believed to be the getaway truck.

Multiple press accounts since 2015 said Cali had ascended to the top spot in the gang, although he never faced a criminal charge saying so. Cali was convicted in an extortion scheme in the late 2000s and served 16 months in federal prison.

It was the first assassination of a New York City mob boss since an upstart John Gotti had Gambino boss Paul Castellano whacked outside Sparks Steak House in 1985. Comello's truck was issued a parking summons in Staten Island on the day of Cali's murder, Shea said.

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