Gambino crime family boss Frank Cali shot dead outside Staten Island home

The body of former mob boss John Gotti is carried from Papavero Funeral Home in the Queens borough of New York 15 June 2002

Police and FDNY units responded to Hilltop Terrace for a report of shots fired at 9:18 p.m., according to an FDNY and NYPD spokesman.

Shortly after, emergency responders arrived on the scene and Cali, who was born in New York City, was transported to Staten Island University North Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

No description of a suspect is now available, and no arrests have been made, according to an NYPD spokesman.

Detectives stand over the body of reputed mob boss Paul Castellano, after his execution outside of Sparks Steakhouse on 46th St.in December 1985.

Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali is said to have taken over the running of the organisation from Domenico Cefalu in 2015.

Authorities believe Cali, who has kept a low profile in comparison to his predecessors, had ties to the Inzerillo mafia family in Sicily.

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, according to Pix 11.

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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.

His only mob-related criminal conviction came a decade ago, when Cali pleaded guilty in an extortion conspiracy involving a failed attempt to build a NASCAR track on Staten Island.

Cali, who was born and raised in NY, was the nephew-in-law of John Gambino and the great-nephew of Bonanno mobsters Vito Bonventre and Giovanni Bonventre.

According to local media, Cali ascended through the ranks, becoming a powerful capo of organised crime before turning 40 - less than 10 years after becoming an inducted member.

According to reports, Cali's death marks the highest ranking member of a NY crime family to be murdered in decades.

Two years later, reputed Gambino soldier Frank Fappiano of Tottenville was nabbed by the feds, then gave up Cali's name as a "wiseguy", an Italian media outlet reported at the time.

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