15 March, 2019
An ambulance also came to the scene and took Cali to Staten Island University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Gotti, who later died in prison, took over the Gambino family at the time.
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.
The Gambino criminal organisation is one of the "Five Families" of organised crime in NY, alongside the Bonanno, Colombo, Genovese and Lucchese families.
Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said there has been a slight urise in alleged mob-related violence in NY within the past year.
Cali's killing comes less than a week after the death of legendary mobster Carmine Persico, the longtime boss of the Colombo crime family.
Investigators are probing whether Cali's slaying was sanctioned by New York's five families, or whether it was the work of a rogue gunman, sources say.
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According to the Associated Press, court documents referred to Cali as the underboss of the Gambino crime family.
Cali, 53, said to be head of the infamous Gambino crime family, may not have seen the blue pickup truck approaching before it mowed him down.
"It takes a certain type of evil to murder a friend in their own home, and then console the grieving relatives", said Federal Bureau of Investigation assistant director in charge William Sweeney.
Both John Gambino and Cali had "very strong ties" to Sicily, allowing Gambino to effectively negotiate the crime family's Sicilian and American factions, Probation said.
Cali had been considered a unifying figure in the years after John Gotti, "Dapper Don", was convicted and sent to prison by cooperating mob witnesses, WPIX reported.
Last October, Sylvester Zottola, 71, reportedly of the Bonanno crime family, was gunned down at a McDonald's drive-thru in the Bronx. One man kneeled down next to Cali's body and sobbed, "Papa!" Today's news is a big flashback to those days.