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Francesco “Frank Boy” Cali, the reputed boss of the Gambino crime family, shook hands with his killer just before he was shot to death Wednesday night outside his New York City home, a report said Friday.

Authorities have been examining surveillance video that captured the 53-year-old Cali as he exited his home in the Todt Hill section of Staten Island around 9:15 p.m. after a man backed his vehicle into Cali’s parked Cadillac SUV. The accident appeared to have been a setup to draw Cali outside, police have said.

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Cali and the man, believed to be between 25-30 years old, were seen talking for about a minute and shaking hands, a law enforcement source told Newsday on Friday. Cali was then seen picking up a fallen license plate when the gunman fired about 12 shots at close range, striking Cali six times, police said.

Police have not determined a motive for Cali’s killing. It was too early to judge whether the murder was mob-related, as investigators were also looking into Cali’s private and business affairs, NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said at a news conference Thursday.

Detectives were working to examine video from the area’s surveillance cameras to trace the gunman’s vehicle, which appeared to be a pickup truck, another law enforcement source told Newsday. But the cameras in that part of Staten Island weren’t connected to any network, making the job more difficult, the source said.

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Meanwhile, the reputed Gambino boss’ murder continued to trigger speculation that the killing was part of an interfamily rivalry or even the “beginning of a mob war,” the Staten Island Advance reported.

“This is not common [anymore],” Christian Cipollini, organized crime historian and author, told the Advance. “It could be an internal strike or the beginning of a mob war.

“Going by history, this is not gonna be the last one,” he said, referring to possible retaliation for the killing of Cali.

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The last high-ranking Mafia figure killed in New York City was Paul Castellano, head of the Gambino family at the time. He was believed to have been assassinated at John Gotti’s direction while getting out of a black limousine outside Manhattan’s Sparks Steakhouse in 1985. Gotti then took control of the family.

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A Massachusetts lawyer was discovered to have killed his wife, three young children and himself in a murder-suicide when firefighters responded to a blaze at their Berkshire County home, authorities said Thursday.

Firefighters who extinguished the blaze Wednesday found two 41-year-old adults, identified as Luke Karpinski and his wife, Justine Wilbur, and their children, a set of 7-year-old twins and a 3-year-old, dead inside the home, Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington said at a news conference Thursday.

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“We are investigating this matter as a murder-suicide. At this time, the evidence indicates that Luke Karpinski was the assailant,” Harrington said.

Wilbur was found on the home’s first floor, separated from her husband and children, who were discovered together on the second floor, Mass Live reported.

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The cause of death for each of the family members has not been released. The bodies were taken to Boston’s Chief Medical Examiner’s office for autopsies, the outlet reported.

Authorities have not released an explanation on the cause of the fire or details of the murder-suicide as the investigation is ongoing.

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Residents in Christchurch, New Zealand, pulled together to help a gunshot victim who fled to their home on Thursday during the mass shootings at two mosques that have claimed at least 40 lives.

Zinzan Hawke told the New Zealand Herald that he was woken up by the sound of gunfire and a wounded man who had run to his home.

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"I was just in an utter panic," Hawke told the paper.

Hawke said he and three roommates acted quickly, calling an ambulance and police while applying pressure to the bullet wound in the man’s leg. The man was able to tell them about the mosque shooting and his flight for help, the paper reported.

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"It’s just human nature to help someone in that situation," Hawke said.

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Community members in Christchurch, New Zealand pulled together in the midst of the mass shootings that have claimed the lives of at least 49 worshipers in two of the city’s mosques to render aid to victims—including a 5-year-old girl—as they waited for first responders to arrive, reports said Friday.

Residents recounted similar stories to the New Zealand Herald of hearing rapid sprays of gunfire and seeing people running for their lives. There were no police or ambulances at the scene when the shooting started, so workers and residents rushed to help as many victims as they could while bullets continued to fly inside the mosque, the paper reported.

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"We heard rapid-fire semi-automatic shots and saw people running out of the mosque, fall on the ground in front of us on the side of the road," Carl Pomare, a manager for employment agency Naki Labour Hire, told the Herald of the scene outside the Masjid Al Noor mosque. "I said to my mate, ‘We need to do something.’"

Pomare told the paper he and his colleague crossed over several bodies—including children—lying on the footpath when they came upon a young girl and her father.

"One girl looked about 5 years old, she was critical, and her father had also been shot,” he said. “He was nursing her. We just thinking, ‘Come on ambulance, come on.’"

But Pomare and other community members knew they couldn’t wait for an ambulance, quickly deciding to put the child and her father in the back of an SUV and rush them to a hospital themselves, the paper reported.

A police officer escorts a man away from a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

A police officer escorts a man away from a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

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Another victim died in the arms of his colleague as they nursed him for half an hour, Pomare told the paper.

Elsewhere in Christchurch, resident Zinzan Hawke recalled to the Herald how he was woken up by booming gunfire and a wounded Muslim man who had escaped the Masjid Al Noor mosque and fled to his nearby home.

"I was just in an utter panic," Hawke told the paper.

Ambulance staff take a man from outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

Ambulance staff take a man from outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

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Hawke said he and his three roommates acted quickly, calling an ambulance and police while applying pressure to the bullet wound in the man’s leg, the paper reported.

"It’s just human nature to help someone in that situation," Hawke said.

The New Zealand police said four people — three men and one woman — were in custody in connection with the “well-planned” terrorist attack. Thirty people were killed at the Masjid Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch and seven were slain inside the Linwood mosque. Another three died outside the Linwood mosque. Dozens more were injured.

Police escort people away from outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

Police escort people away from outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

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Mass shootings in New Zealand are exceedingly rare. The deadliest in modern history occurred in the small town of Aramoana in 1990, when gunman David Gray shot and killed 13 people following a dispute with a neighbor. Now the community was left shocked by the mass shootings on Friday.

"I just can’t believe it has happened,” Pomare told the Herald. “We put ourselves at risk, but in the spur of the moment you don’t think of your own safety, just these bodies that were lying there, just ordinary people."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Fresh-out-of-prison Gene Gotti, younger brother of the late "Teflon Don" John Gotti, is reportedly under close watch by authorities following the apparent hit on reputed Gambino crime family boss Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali outside his New York City home Wednesday night.

Since 73-year-old Gene Gotti’s release in September, after a 29-year sentence for dealing heroin, law enforcement sources have been concerned about the possibility of a bloody power struggle within the family, reports have said.

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If Gotti, a capo in the family, is linked to the murder of Cali, who had close ties to the Sicilian Mafia, “there’s going to be an all-out war,” a source told the New York Post Thursday. “The Sicilians are not going to sit back and let that happen.”

Cali, 53, was shot several times around 9:15 p.m. Wednesday outside his red-brick colonial-style house in the Todt Hill section of Staten Island. His family was reportedly inside at the time.

Surveillance footage outside Cali’s home showed the mobster appeared to have been drawn out of his house when the gunman backed his pickup truck into Cali’s Cadillac SUV, a law-enforcement official who saw the video told the Daily Beast. At least 12 shots were fired. Footage showed that after Cali was shot he had tried to crawl under his SUV to hide, police said.

GRAPHIC IMAGE: FRANK CALI’S KILLING RECALLS NYC’S LAST MAJOR MOB HIT DECADES AGO

Cali’s murder recalled the last major last mob hit in New York City more than three decades ago. Then-Gambino boss Paul Castellano was fatally shot outside Sparks Steakhouse in Midtown Manhattan in 1985 — an act that authorities said was ordered by Gene’s brother, John Gotti, in a power move to seize control of the family.

“It’s in his bloodline,” a source told the Post of Gene Gotti, likening Cali’s killing to that of Castellano. “This is very similar in some ways to what happened to Paul Castellano in front of Sparks Steakhouse.”

FILE - The body of mafia crime boss Paul Castellano lies on a stretcher outside Manhattan's Sparks Steak House in Dec. 1985 after he and his bodyguards were gunned down at the direction of John Gotti, who then took over as boss. (Associated Press)

FILE – The body of mafia crime boss Paul Castellano lies on a stretcher outside Manhattan’s Sparks Steak House in Dec. 1985 after he and his bodyguards were gunned down at the direction of John Gotti, who then took over as boss. (Associated Press)

When John Gotti died in prison from throat cancer in 2002, his other brother, Peter rose as godfather. Power again shifted to the family’s Sicilian faction after Peter was put behind bars, with Domenico Cefalu taking over before passing leadership to Cali in 2015.

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Under mob protocol, Gene Gotti’s release from prison entitles him to a key role within the family, according to the Post.

But police have said it is too soon to tell whether Cali’s death was mob-related, let alone linked to Gene Gotti.

“It’s total speculation,” a source told the New York Daily News about a possible connection to Gotti. “But it’s also something to look out for. Was Gene trying to reclaim some of his business and Cali wasn’t going for it?”

The Gambino Family was once among the most powerful criminal organizations in the U.S., but federal prosecutions in the 1980s and 1990s sent its top leaders — including the Gotti brothers — to prison and diminished its reach.

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Cali was considered a unifying figure in the family, credited with recruiting new immigrant gangsters from Italy and focusing on the heroin and Oxycontin trades, the Post reported.

No arrests have been made in Cali’s murder.

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Concerns of an “all-out war” within the mob are brewing after the apparent hit on reputed Gambino crime family boss Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali outside his New York City home Wednesday night due to the timing of the late "Teflon Don" John Gotti’s brother’s release from prison about six months ago, reports said Thursday.

Since 73-year-old Gene Gotti’s release in September, after a 29-year sentence for dealing heroin, law enforcement sources have been concerned about the possibility of a bloody power struggle within the family, reports have said.

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If Gotti, a reputed capo in the family, is linked to the murder of Cali, who had close ties to the Sicilian Mafia, “there’s going to be an all-out war,” a source told the New York Post Thursday. “The Sicilians are not going to sit back and let that happen.”

Cali, 53, was shot several times around 9:15 p.m. Wednesday outside his red-brick colonial-style house in the Todt Hill section of Staten Island. His family was reportedly inside at the time.

Surveillance footage outside Cali’s home showed the mobster appeared to have been drawn out of his house when the gunman backed his pickup truck into Cali’s Cadillac SUV, a law-enforcement official who saw the video told the Daily Beast. At least 12 shots were fired. Footage showed that after Cali was shot he had tried to crawl under his SUV to hide, police said.

GRAPHIC IMAGE: FRANK CALI’S KILLING RECALLS NYC’S LAST MAJOR MOB HIT DECADES AGO

Cali’s murder recalled the last major last mob hit in New York City more than three decades ago. Then-Gambino boss Paul Castellano was fatally shot outside Sparks Steakhouse in Midtown Manhattan in 1985 — an act that authorities said was ordered by Gene’s brother, John Gotti, in a power move to seize control of the family.

“It’s in his bloodline,” a source told the Post of Gene Gotti, likening Cali’s killing to that of Castellano. “This is very similar in some ways to what happened to Paul Castellano in front of Sparks Steakhouse.”

FILE - The body of mafia crime boss Paul Castellano lies on a stretcher outside Manhattan's Sparks Steak House in Dec. 1985 after he and his bodyguards were gunned down at the direction of John Gotti, who then took over as boss. (Associated Press)

FILE – The body of mafia crime boss Paul Castellano lies on a stretcher outside Manhattan’s Sparks Steak House in Dec. 1985 after he and his bodyguards were gunned down at the direction of John Gotti, who then took over as boss. (Associated Press)

When John Gotti died in prison from throat cancer in 2002, his other brother, Peter rose as godfather. Power again shifted to the family’s Sicilian faction after Peter was put behind bars, with Domenico Cefalu taking over before passing leadership to Cali in 2015.

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Under mob protocol, Gene Gotti’s release from prison entitles him to a key role within the family, according to the Post.

But police have said it is too soon to tell whether Cali’s death was mob-related, let alone linked to Gene Gotti.

“It’s total speculation,” a source told the New York Daily News about a possible connection to Gotti. “But it’s also something to look out for. Was Gene trying to reclaim some of his business and Cali wasn’t going for it?”

The Gambino Family was once among the most powerful criminal organizations in the U.S., but federal prosecutions in the 1980s and 1990s sent its top leaders — including the Gotti brothers — to prison and diminished its reach.

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Cali was considered a unifying figure in the family, credited with recruiting new immigrant gangsters from Italy and focusing on the heroin and Oxycontin trades, the Post reported.

No arrests have been made in Cali’s murder.

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The murder of reputed Gambino crime family boss Frank Cali on Wednesday recalled New York City’s last major mob hit nearly 35 years ago: the assassination of Paul Castellano outside a Manhattan steak house on a December afternoon in 1985.

Castellano, who at the time was the 70-year-old reputed leader of the same family, which was seen as the nation’s largest and most powerful crime organization at the time, was gunned down outside of New York City’s Spark’s Steakhouse on 46th St.

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After exiting a limousine outside the restaurant, Castellano and his underboss, Thomas Bilotti, were approached by three men in trench coats who shot them each about six times, the New York Times reported at the time.

Detectives stand over the body of reputed mob boss Paul Castellano, after his execution outside of Spark's Steakhouse on 46th St. in Dec. 1985. The Body of Castellano's chauffeur, Thomas Bilotti, lies partially covered in the street, far left. (Photo By: Tom Monaster/NY Daily News via Getty Images)

Detectives stand over the body of reputed mob boss Paul Castellano, after his execution outside of Spark’s Steakhouse on 46th St. in Dec. 1985. The Body of Castellano’s chauffeur, Thomas Bilotti, lies partially covered in the street, far left. (Photo By: Tom Monaster/NY Daily News via Getty Images)

His murder was orchestrated by John Gotti in a power move that would see him become head of the family, according to testimony by mafia underboss Salvatore Gravano. Gravano said he and Gotti watched the execution from a car nearby.

Rudolph W. Giuliani, who at the time was the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, condemned the killings and vowed to find those responsible.

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"Everyone should be outraged at something like this," Giuliani told the paper at the time. "Law enforcement has an obligation to investigate it fully and to try and identify and prosecute those people who are responsible for it. A murder makes the whole world a little bit less safe for everybody – no matter who is murdered."

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Castellano, known as “The Howard Hughes of the Mob” and “Big Paulie,” succeeded Carlo Gambino after his death in 1975, becoming the acting boss of the Gambino crime family.

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A New York man was convicted Wednesday in the 2009 strangulation murder of his wealthy, estranged wife just before she was reportedly going to cut him out of her will.

Rodrick Covlin, a 46-year-old unemployed stockbroker, was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of then-47-year-old Shele Danishefsky in a bathtub inside her Manhattan apartment on Dec. 31, 2009, the New York Times reported.

"The wheels of justice turn very slowly, and we always had confidence that ultimately this day would come,” her brother-in-law Marc Karstaedt told the New York Daily News.

"The wheels of justice turn very slowly, and we always had confidence that ultimately this day would come.”

— Marc Karstaedt, brother-in-law of murder victim

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Prosecutors alleged that Covlin’s primary motive was “pure unadulterated greed,” the paper reported.

Danishefsky, who was a money manager at UBS, was scheduled to meet with a lawyer on Jan. 1. 2010 — the day after she died — to remove Covlin from her will. He stood to get half her roughly $4 million estate, with the rest going to their children.

Investigators initially thought Danishefsky had slipped and fallen. Her Orthodox Jewish family objected to an autopsy for religious reasons, resulting in the cause of her death to be listed as undetermined.

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But as an investigation began, her body was exhumed and autopsied with her family’s permission. Medical examiners concluded in April 2010 she had been strangled.

Prosecutors alleged Covlin had tried to cover his tracks by posing as his then-12-year-old daughter in June 2013, writing a note as a false confession in her mother’s death.

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His other plans to secure the fortune included having his daughter accuse her grandfather of rape and a plot to kidnap and marry his daughter off in Mexico to emancipate her from her grandparents, the Times reported. Neither plan had come to fruition.

Covlin will be sentenced April 10.

Fox News’ Nicole Darrah contributed to this report.

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Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali, the 53-year-old reputed Gambino crime family boss was reportedly shot dead Wednesday night outside his home in Staten Island, which would mark the highest-ranking believed mob figure to be killed in the city in years.

Cali was shot several times in the torso in the tony Todt Hill section of Staten Island around 9:20 p.m., the New York Post reported. He was rushed to Staten Island University Hospital North, where he was pronounced dead.

No arrests have been made as police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

The 53-year-old became the notorious crime family’s acting boss in 2015, replacing then 68-year-old Domenico Cefalu, according to the New York Daily News.

Cali, who had roots in Sicily and ties to the Sicilian Mafia, was the highest-ranking organized crime figure to be murdered in New York City since 1985, when Paul Castellano was assassinated as he arrived as Sparks Steakhouse in Manhattan, according to WPIX-TV.

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A dog found wandering Southwest Florida with its snout taped shut last month has been given a second chance after the sheriff’s office that rescued the abused canine adopted—and “deputized”—the pup.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office said they “deputized” the male Florida cur, now named Chance, whom they rescued after residents reported the canine was roaming through backyards in Lehigh Acres, located about 16 miles east of Fort Myers, with red electrical tape wound around its muzzle.

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“Having been deputized last Thursday, eager to get his paws dirty, Deputy Chance sprang into action this weekend,” the sheriff’s office wrote Tuesday on Facebook.

The male Florida cur was dehydrated, appeared malnourished and was bleeding from wounds on its left arm and chest.

The male Florida cur was dehydrated, appeared malnourished and was bleeding from wounds on its left arm and chest. (Lee County Sheriff’s Office)

The sheriff’s office said Chance was recovering nicely and was “bursting with energy” about one week after finding the dog dehydrated, malnourished and bleeding from wounds on its left arm and chest.

Once fully recovered, Chance will serve the department as a “Pets on Patrol Spokes-Dog” and will even get his own “office” near the desk of Sheriff Carmine Marceno, who adopted him, FOX13 Tampa reported.

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According to the sheriff’s office, when Deputy Chance was asked to describe his first day on duty, the pup simply stated, “ruff.”

Police are still looking for the individual who abused Chance.

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