Mob boss murder investigation still in progress; no arrest yet

Cheryl Sanders
March 17, 2019

A man has been arrested in New Jersey in connection with the killing of Francesco Cali, a reputed boss of a NY crime family, a broadcast new report said Saturday.

"We do not believe this was a random act. Were others conspiring to do this crime?" Shea said Comello "has crossed paths in some limited circumstances with the NYPD" but wouldn't say whether he has a criminal record.

While Shea said investigators have not ruled anything out, even probing whether Comello was hired to kill Cali, several sources said this didn't seem to be a traditional organized crime hit, believing it was something more personal.

Moments before Cali was gunned down in front of his home on Hilltop Terrace, the suspect - said by witnesses to be driving a blue pick-up truck - backed into Cali's parked vehicle, prompting the victim to exit his residence, according to police brass who held a press conference Thursday at NYPD headquarters. "That will be a part of this investigation as we determine what was the motive".

Anthony Comello, suspect in fatal shooting of Gambino crime boss Frank Cali.

"We are very confident that he will be charged with the murder of Mr Cali", upon the suspect's handing over to NY, the official said.

Cali was taken to Staten Island University Hospital North, where he was pronounced dead.

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn had referred to Cali in court filings in recent years as the underboss of the Gambino organization, related through marriage to the Inzerillo clan in the Sicilian Mafia. He was sentenced to 16 months behind bars and was released in 2009.

He had been considered a unifying figure in the years after then-Gambino boss John Gotti, "Dapper Don", was convicted of murder and racketeering in 1992 and sent to prison for life, CNN affiliate WPIX reported.

Gotti, who was convicted of murder and racketeering in 1992, died of cancer in prison nine years later at the age of 61.

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