Authorities in New York say a suspect is in custody following the shooting death of Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali, the man purportedly at the head of the notorious Gambino crime family.
According to USA Today, 24-year-old Anthony Comello was arrested in New Jersey this week and as of Saturday remained behind bars awaiting extradition to Staten Island.
In a statement on Saturday, New York Police Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said investigators were still trying to determine a motive and whether anyone else was involved.
“The investigation is far from over,” he said. “We do not believe this is a random act.”
As CrimeOnline previously reported, 53-year-old Cali was fatally shot on Wednesday night in front of his New York mansion as his wife and children were inside. After the shooting, the gunman allegedly ran over the victim, causing additional bodily injury.
Shea confirmed that authorities “are well aware of Mr. Cali’s past,” explaining that his alleged mob ties “will be a part of this investigation as we determine the motive for the incident on Wednesday evening.”
Cali, who was never charged in relation to organized crime, was rumored to have ascended to the mob family’s head position a few years ago.
When emergency personnel responded to his home at about 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday, they rushed him to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.
[Featured image: Francesco Cali, handout]