NY media reported that 53-year-old Cali was shot multiple times outside his auto on Staten Island on Wednesday evening, local time, by an unidentified man who then fled the scene in a blue vehicle. He was pronounced dead at Staten Island University North hospital, according to police. As for his murder, no arrests have been made and police are investigating.
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.
He was the first NY crime family boss shot in 34 years, according to the station.
Castellano's death led to the rise of John "Dapper Don" Gotti, who then took over as Gambino family boss, running criminal enterprises ranging from gambling to money laundering to prostitution. Gotti took over the crime organization; he died of cancer, in prison, in 2002.
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The Gambinos" rise to become one of the most powerful mafia families in America started in 1957, when the family's namesake, Carlos Gambino - an Italian immigrant - orchestrated the murder of Albert Anastasia, who had organized a collection of Italian gangs into what now would be considered a "crime family'.
According to local media in NY, he took the helm of the Gambino family in 2015, replacing Domenico Cefalu. He served a 16-month sentence.
A law enforcement official confirmed to CNN that the victim was a high-ranking member of the Gambino crime family and is believed to be the acting boss.
According to the New York Daily News, a family member of Cali's called 911, telling a dispatcher that the gunman's getaway vehicle ran him over.
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The Todt Hill neighborhood is known for its mafia history. "Very surprising, but I guess old habits die hard".
However, he says the recent murder "is turning all of those years on its head".
He then allegedly returned to the scene of the crime hours later to grieve with the older man's family.
"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.
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Another two individuals are still in custody as the police continue to determine if they were involved in any way. The victims of Friday's shooting included immigrants from Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Indonesia, and Malaysia.