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By Jonathan Dienst and Corky Siemaszko
May have mobster of New York City been lured to his death by a gunman who accidentally backed up the gangster with a pickup truck, police said Thursday.
Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali emerged from the safety of his Staten Island home to see what was happening and was faced by someone who had been beaten by him six times, the NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot said. Shea.
"We know what we know at this point at that time is part of the plan," Shea says. "His car was involved in an accident in an individual winds up shooting him."
Shea said the deadly shot at Cali was caught in security cameras but nearby to say whether the 53-year-old gangster of Gambino was the victim of a mob hit.
"Needless to say, in the potentially organized crime angle in this story, this is the most important thing in the NYPD and detective bureau," shea said. "I think this is a small initial motive."
That said, the past Cali was a "focal point of investigation," he said.
"Surely, we are exploring what his previous life or life was in connection with the incident last night," he said. "It does not matter, it's in the very beginning, we are not leading this part."
Cali is a underboss in the Gambino crime family, said two senior sources of law enforcement in NBC News. She was killed around 9 p.m. Wednesday after his parked Cadillac SUV was harmed.
"She went out of her house," Shea said to Cali. "There was a conversation with an individual in front of that house. Individual pulls a weapon and shot was fired."
Cali was struck with six of the dozen fired fires in a 9-millimeter handgun and tried escape the killer by crawling under a vehicle, leading to a miscalculation that he has run over, Shea said.
"A man thought he ran, under the car," he said, referring to a panicked 911 call made by a man inside the Cali home.
Twelve bullet casings were found and the police were looking for a blue or silver pickup truck seen in the camera
Cali's name appeared in federal court confrontation as the underboss of the Gambino organization, reported by the Associated Press .
Born in Sicily, Cali's wife is the niece or f Gambino capo John Gambino, the New York Daily News reported. His brother Joseph and son-in-law Peter Inzerillo are said to be Gambino soldiers.
The Gambino family was headed by John Gotti for many years, aka "Dapper Don," who died in 2002 prison. Gotti's brother, Gene, was released from prison six months ago after service 29 years for heroin treatment.