Police say there are no arrests and the investigation is ongoing.
One of the last of the reputed old-school mob bosses, Gambino crime family chief Francesco Cali, was gunned down and run over in front of his Staten Island home Wednesday night, city authorities confirmed.
A police spokesman was unable to provide a description of the suspect or confirm media reports that a blue pickup truck was seen speeding away from the scene. Another witness told the Daily News: "The man was on the ground face-up".
The NYPD responded around 9:17 p.m.to a 911 call of an assault in progress on Hilltop Terrace, according to a statement from the NYPD's Deputy Commissioner of Public information. "His head was by his SUV, and the truck was open", the witness told the outlet.
The Gambino crime family is one of what is widely referred to as "The Five Families" of Italian organized crime operations in New York City and other parts of the United States.More news: Green Bay Packers free agency: Packers sign Preston Smith
He was the first NY crime family boss shot in 34 years, according to the station. Gotti died while in prison in 2002 of throat cancer and Gambino died in 1976.
Otherwise known as "Franky Boy", Cali was considered the de facto godfather of the Gambino crime family, having served on its ruling panel for several years.
According to the Post, Cali steered the organization in expanding its illicit drug trade, particularly in heroin and OxyContin.
Cali's only criminal conviction came from an extortion charge in 2008 for trying to shake down a trucker; he spent 16 months in prison. On April 6, 2009 he was released from prison.
Cali, who was born and raised in NY, was the nephew-in-law of John Gambino and the great-nephew of Bonanno mobsters Vito Bonventre and Giovanni Bonventre.