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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Gambino boss was lured outside home by car crash before murder

The person who whacked Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali lured the Gambino crime boss out of his Staten Island home by smashing into the mobster’s car — and then started shooting at the mobster while he was distracted by a busted license plate, law enforcement sources said Thursday.
Cali, 53, came out of his Todt Hill house Wednesday night after the shooter and a driver backed his blue pickup into Cali’s silver Cadillac Escalade SUV, according to police.
The crash knocked the Cadillac’s front plate off, and Cali picked it up and went around to the trunk of his car to put the plate inside.
That’s when the trigger man started shooting, sources say.
Cali dropped to the ground and the gunman stood over him firing off shots — while the mafia bigwig tried to seek cover under his vehicle, according to sources.
Cops say Cali was hit at least six times, and 12 shell casings were found at the scene. The gunman eventually fled, and Cali was rushed to Staten Island University Hospital North, where he was declared dead.
The pickup hasn’t been caught on camera crossing any bridges out of Staten Island since, sources say.
“You’ll never see that car again,” said a source. “It’s already the size of a stamp.”
Cali is the first mob boss murdered in the Big Apple since 1985, when then-Gambino boss Paul Castellano was gunned down at Sparks steakhouse in Midtown on the orders of John Gotti.



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