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New York Mafia still active, but flashy ‘mob hits’ decline as witnesses flip and law hits harder

The rapid burst of gunfire, the man mortally wounded in the street, the news media swarming the scene — the slaying of Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali, a reputed Gambino crime family boss, on Wednesday night had many of the earmarks of a classic “mob hit,” in a New York City neighborhood said to be home to Italian American mobsters. But it also had some modern tweaks: Cali, 53, was shot outside his home, rather than in a public place away from his family, after apparently being lured outside when someone crashed a pickup truck into Cali’s parked SUV. And the killing was captured on surveillance video, New York City police said Thursday.

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