Suspect arrested in murder of reputed Gambino crime family boss

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Cali, the reputed boss of the Gambino crime family, was gunned and mowed down Wednesday night outside his home on Staten Island.

"He has a conversation with an individual in front of that residence and that individual at some point in time, it's only about a minute into it, pulls out a firearm and shots are fired", said NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea.

A 24-year-old man has been taken into custody in connection with the shooting death of reputed New York crime boss Francesco "Frank" Cali, the New York Police Department said Saturday. "Were others conspiring to do this crime?"

The 53-year-old Cali, a native of Sicily, was shot to death by a gunman who may have crashed his truck into Cali's auto to lure him outside.

Sources said a murder warrant is expected to be drawn up by the Richmond County District Attorney's office in Staten Island, and Comello will likely be transported to NY after an extradition hearing is held in New Jersey.

The truck involved in the encounter has since been recovered, though the murder weapon has not, according to the police official.

Jersey Shore Online was told to contact the Staten Island District Attorney's Office but no one is available for comment.

While Shea said investigators have not ruled anything out, even probing whether Comello was hired to kill Cali, several sources said this didn't seem to be a traditional organized crime hit, believing it was something more personal.

Later that year, he pleaded guilty to extortion conspiracy related to the planned construction of a NASCAR speedway on Staten Island - a plan that eventually was scrapped.

Cali, a native of the Italian island Sicily, served in the organization's ruling panel for years before replacing Domenico Cefalu in 2015. He was sentenced to 16 months in federal prison and was released in 2009.

The last Mafia boss to be rubbed out in New York City was Gambino don "Big Paul" Castellano, who was assassinated while getting out of a black limousine outside a high-end Manhattan steakhouse in 1985.

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