The reputed head of New York’s Gambino crime family, Frank Cali, has been killed outside his home, the city’s police have told US media.
Cali, 53, was shot several times in the Todt Hill district of Staten Island on Wednesday evening and died later in hospital.
The unidentified killer fled the scene in a blue car, witnesses said.
New York media say it is the first targeted killing of a mob boss in the city since 1985.
The Gambino operation is said to be one of the five historic Italian-US mafia families in New York.
Witnesses said Cali’s killer shot him at least six times and then ran him over before fleeing the scene. Family members were seen to rush into the street and sit crying next to his body.
Police said the motive was not known.
“There are no arrests and the investigation is ongoing,” a statement said.
New York media say it is the first killing of a family boss in the city since the Gambino family’s Paul Castellano was shot dead outside a restaurant in 1985.
Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali is said to have taken over the running of the organisation from Domenico Cefalu in 2015.
It is believed he only had one criminal conviction, for conspiring to extort money in 2008 for which he served 16 months in prison.
Perhaps the most notorious head of the Gambino family was John Gotti, who was convicted in 1992 of 13 murders and a litany of other offences. He died in 2002.
Staten Island’s affluent Todt Hill neighbourhood is renowned for its crime connections. It was used as the location for fictional crime boss Don Corleone’s compound in the 1972 film The Godfather. Paul Castellano also owned a home there.
The Genovese, Gambino, Lucchese, Colombo and Bonanno mafia families are believed to have controlled organised crime in New York for decades.
Last week, Carmine Persico, the 85-year-old former boss of the Colombo organisation, died after serving 33 years of a 139-year prison sentence.
On Wednesday, two heads of the Bonanno family, Joseph Cammarano Jr and John Zancocchio, were acquitted in a Manhattan court of racketeering and conspiracy to commit extortion.
Borussia Dortmund Signs Hazard
Borussia Dortmund have completed the signing of Borussia Monchengladbach winger Thorgan Hazard.
The Belgium international has signed a five-year deal with the Bundesliga runners-up having spent five years with Gladbach.
He becomes Dortmund’s second summer signing after Germany left-back Nico Schulz completed his move from Hoffenheim on Tuesday.
The final fee for Hazard has not been disclosed by either club, with reports suggesting it could be anywhere from €25 million (£22m/$28m) to €40m (£35.2m/$44.7m).
Hazard has had an agreement in place to join Dortmund for some time, with only the technicalities of the deal between the two clubs required to get it over the line.
The 26-year-old leaves Gladbach having made 182 appearances for the club in all competitions, scoring 46 goals and laying on 44 assists.
PHOTOS Of One Of The Alleged Prostitutes Who Set Up Junior US Pops Up
Alleged photos of one of the said prostitutes who connived with the armed robbers who killed Nana Yaw Opoku aka Junior US in Philadelphia in the USA are fast going viral on social media.
The photos began trending barely 24 hours after the Philadelphia Police Department released footage of when Junior US was murdered in his home.
In the video just as was reported earlier by Ghpage.com, it was some ladies he was hanging out within his house a few hours to his birthday party that invited the killers to his house.
The footage started off with the girls and Junior in the house and then a knock sounded. One of the ladies rushed to open the door but and Junior US followed her to the door.
Two black men in black hoodie entered and shot him dead right at the gate. They proceeded to enter the room and searched for something later fled with the girls in the same car.
Social Media users are already circulating these photos alleging its one of the girls in the video who were hanging out with Junior US and invited the killers to the house to kill him.
Philadelphia Police Department has promised an amount of 20,000 US dollars to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killers.
Deadly Storm Brings Hail, Flooding And 132 Reports Of Tornadoes In Central US
KUBILIVE – A deadly spring storm unleashed drenching rain, flash flooding and hail in the central United States — along with more than 130 reports of tornadoes in five days.
At least one person drowned in Oklahoma after driving around a barricade on a road in Perkins, the city’s Emergency Management office announced.
A majority of tornadoes were in Kansas and Missouri, CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward said. Of the total number, Friday had the most tornadoes reported at 39 and Tuesday was a close second at 32.
About 28 million people are under the threat of severe weather Wednesday, mostly in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, and Ohio, CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said.
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