Reputed Gambino crime boss shot to death in New York City

Reputed Gambino crime boss shot to death in New York City

Police sources reportedly said the shooter fled the scene in a blue pickup truck.

A panicked family member called 911, telling a dispatcher Cali was deliberately run over before he was shot, sources said.

No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting. But at the age of 89 - roughly five years after he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for his role in 11 murders, Bulger was found dead in 2018 a West Virginia prison.

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 auto accident to lure him outside, dying a virtual unknown compared with his swaggering 1980s-era predecessor, John Gotti. Castellano was the last New York City crime boss to be gunned down, and Gotti later died in prison in 2002.

As Mr. Castellano and his associate, Thomas Bilotti, stepped out of a limousine on East 46th Street near Third Avenue shortly before 5:30 p.m., the police said, three men approached, drew automatic weapons from under their trenchcoats and opened up a barrage of gunfire at close range.

Meanwhile, Cali's brother-in-law, Pietro (Tall Pete) Inzerillo, was a "well-documented solider" in the Gambino family, Probation wrote.

The body of mafia crime boss Paul Castellano lies on a stretcher outside the Sparks Steak House in New York after he and his bodyguard were gunned down Dec. 16 1985

Shea said the mob boss emerged from his home around 9:15pm. after the gunman backed his pickup into Cali's Cadillac SUV, damaging it.

Detectives stand over body of reputed mob boss Paul Castellano, after execution on 46th St. Body of Castellano's chauffeur, Thomas Bilotti, lies partially covered in the street, far left.

Unlike the well-dressed Gotti, Cali kept a low profile.

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'. An Italian mobster said Cali was "everything over there" in NY and referred to him as "a friend of ours". He died at the Duke University Medical Center last Thursday.

Cali, who served on the family's ruling panel for several years, was elevated to acting boss in 2015, replacing then 68-year-old Domenico Cefalu.

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