Police questioning suspect in Gambino crime boss death

Sergio Conner
March 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.

The shooting occurred at Cali's home in the Todt Hill section of Staten Island, police said. He is listed as single and a high school graduate. An assistant DA there referred a reporter to the office's public information officer, who was not immediately available.

Francesco Cali was shot and killed Wednesday night in Staten Island. But NBC New York cited unnamed law enforcement sources who said that the death does not appear to be mob related and and who described the suspect as a conspiracy theorist.

Surveillance video of the killing showed a man, allegedly Comello, crash his auto into Cali's parked SUV, drawing Cali outside in what might have been a ploy to lure him out of the house, Shea said.

Police say Cali was standing outside his white SUV when he was ambushed by a driver in a blue pick-up truck.

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New Jersey 101.5 did not know Saturday whether Commello had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

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.

It was Rudy Giuliani's prosecution of the Gambinos and other mob families that led to his election as New York City mayor. Police were searching for the pickup truck that raced from the grisly scene, sources said.

Video shows the suspect pulling a 9 mm handgun and opening fire on Cali about a minute after they started talking. Cali was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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