Frank Cali and Anthony Comello

NYPD: Shooter in custody, will be charged with the murder of mob boss Frank Cali

March 16, 2019 - 10:14 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The NYPD believes they have the shooter in custody in the killing of reputed mob boss Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali,  Chief of Detectives Dermot F. Shea announced.

Twenty-four-year-old Anthony Comello from Staten Island is in custody in New Jersey and the police say he will return to Staten Island to face murder charges.

Police believe they have the vehicle recovered and they have already executed search warrants.

Cali's past, Shea said, will be investgiated as part of the investigation.

The NYPD are working on a warrant in conjunction with the Staten Island DA's office and New Jersey prosecutors.

Police say Comello's car was ticketed on Staten Island on the day of the shooting and fingerprints were recovered from his vehicle.

The reputed boss of the Gambino crime family, Francesco Cali, was shot to death in front of his Staten Island home Wednesday night by a gunman who may have staged a car accident to lure him outside, before executing an apparent classic mob-style hit. 

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Police said Thursday they were reviewing surveillance-camera video of the attack on Cali, 53, who was gunned down in the Todt Hill neighborhood.

Cali emerged from his home around 9:15 p.m. after the gunman backed his pickup into Cali's Cadillac SUV, damaging it, according to police. "With what we know at this point in time, it's quite possible that was part of a plan,'' NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said at a press conference Thursday afternoon.

Video showed the assailant pulling a 9 mm handgun and opening fire on Cali about a minute after they started talking, according to Shea. At least 12 shots were fired. After getting shot several times, Cali tried to crawl under his SUV to hide, Shea said.

He was reportedly shot in the chest six times, police say twelve shots were fired.

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