NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea at news conference on Frank Cali shooting.

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Killing of a Don: What we know about the shooting of Frank Cali

March 14, 2019 - 9:50 pm

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- NYPD officials held a news conference less than 15 hours after Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali, the alleged leader of Gambino crime family, was gunned down in Staten Island. 

NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea shared preliminary information on the investigation, here's what he told reporters:

- At about 917 P.M. Frank Cali exits his residence and has a conversation with an individual where approximately twelve shots are fired with at least six striking Cali. 

- Police are believed to have recovered 12 shell casings at the scene, that may be from a 9-millimeter handgun.

- Cali has a conversation in front of his home.  About a minute into that conversation the suspect pulls out a firearm and shots are fired. 

- The shooter appears to be a man approximately 25 to 40 years old. 

- There was an accident in front of the home. Police believe that the Cali's car was struck and that it's quite possible that that was part of a plan. 

- Police have seen a video where Cali's SUV rocks significantly from the impact.

- Also in the video, you can see the altercation and muzzle flashes from the suspect's weapon. 

- Police confirm reports of a car pulling away.

The NYPD has not ruled out any motive, including any connection to Cali's reputed mob ties. 

Shea told reporters, "We're exploring what his prior life, or current life, has connections to the incident last night. It also could have nothing to do with it."

Shea categorized the recent mob-related activate as, "more than we generally have seen."

The Chief of Detectives sounded confident in how the case would be handled, "When you look at the NYPD as a whole this is what we do every day," he continued, "we analyze any incident, whether it has a nexus to domestic violence, to drugs, potentially organized crime, stopping future violence is what we do day in and day out."

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