Cali family members raced into the street, yelling and crying, as the assailants sped away.
As he strolled out of his red-brick mansion on Staten Island the reputed mob boss Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali probably felt safe. He said the shots were all the same volume, as if fired from the same gun.
Cali was the first NY crime family boss shot in 34 years, according to WPIX.
Investigators are probing whether Cali's slaying was sanctioned by New York's five families, or whether it was the work of a rogue gunman, sources say.
The reputed boss of New York's Gambino crime family, Francesco "Frank" Cali, was shot dead outside his NY home, police said.
It is believed he only had one criminal conviction, for conspiring to extort money in 2008 for which he served 16 months in prison.
Gotti was convicted of racketeering and murder in 1992 and died of cancer in prison in 2002, at the age of 61.
Business Insider said Cali essentially was in charge of New York City's city's food industry and was worth an estimated $30 million.
A SUSPECTED mafia crime boss has been shot and killed outside his NY home.
The Gambinos" rise to become one of the most powerful mafia families in America started in 1957, when the family's namesake, Carlos Gambino - an Italian immigrant - orchestrated the murder of Albert Anastasia, who had organized a collection of Italian gangs into what now would be considered a "crime family'.
"We thought those days were over", Mayor Bill de Blasio said of Cali's slaying.
The Gambino crime boss was assassinated outside Sparks Steakhouse in Manhattan in 1985. Paul Castellano also owned a home there.
In October, Sylvester Zottola, 71, a reputed associate of the Bonanno crime family was shot and killed as he waited in his SUV to pick up an order at the drive-through window of a McDonald's in the Bronx. A federal crackdown beginning in the 1980s later left many of its leaders in prison. As prosecutors tried and failed to bring him down, he came to be called the Teflon Don.
A witness said that his family members rushed outside after Cali was gunned down.