Suspect arrested in murder of reputed mob boss

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"Franky Boy", the reputed boss of New York's Gambino crime family was shot to death Wednesday night in front of his home in Staten Island, New York, by a gunman who may have staged a auto accident to lure him outside, dying a virtual unknown compared with his swaggering 1980s-era predecessor, John Gotti.

Cali, 53, was shot outside his home in the Todt Hill section of Staten Island on Wednesday night, authorities said.

The NYPD on Saturday announced that a suspect had been taken into custody and is expected to be hit with murder charges in the slaying of Francesco Cali, the reputed boss of the Gambino crime family. "Obviously, there are multiple angles that are being explored at this time". "Was the person paid to do it?" "The investigation will turn to were other parties involved in this, gathering future and additional evidence and working on the motive for this particular crime".

Surveillance video of the killing showed a man, allegedly Comello, crash his vehicle into Cali's parked SUV, drawing Cali outside in what might have been a ploy to lure him out of the house, Shea said.

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Comello's fingerprints were found on Cali's license plate, sources said.

Jersey Shore Online was told to contact the Staten Island District Attorney's Office but no one is available for comment.

Comello will be extradited from New Jersey 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.

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It is unclear what Comello was doing in Brick Township, although staffers at Ocean County Scanner News say he has family in the town.

Cali was sentenced to 16 months in prison and was released in 2009.

The shooting is reminiscent of the 1985 murder of another Gambino crime boss, Paul Castellano, who was gunned down outside a popular New York City steakhouse in 1985.

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