Police have a 24-year-old suspect in custody in the slaying of reputed Mafia boss Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali in New York City, authorities said on Saturday. In a statement, police said the investigation is still in progress and an arrest has not yet been made.
Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea says that he and his NYPD constituents are unclear as to Carmello's motives, but they're sure it's him in the surveillance footage. The New York Post reported the killing was related to a personal dispute - not activity related to organized crime - and the unnamed suspect had family in Brick. "Were others conspiring to do this crime?"More news: Love Island's Muggy Mike Thalassitis found dead aged 26
Cali, 53, was shot six times in the chest by a gunman in a blue pickup truck on Hilltop Terrace near Four Corners Road in Todt Hill about 9:15 p.m. Medics took him to Staten Island University Hospital, where he died.
Police said Cali was the boss of the Gambino crime family, which at one point was believed to be the largest and most influential mob in the country.More news: Florida does 'just enough' to topple No. 9 LSU
Comello will be extradited to NY to face charges, Shea said.
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. Comello's truck was issued a parking summons in Staten Island on the day of Cali's murder, Shea said.More news: Judge Sets Roger Stone's Trial For November 5th
The murder marked the first assassination of a New York City mob boss since Paul Castellano was killed outside a Manhattan steakhouse in 1985.