Was Suspected Mob Boss Killer's Hit an Act of Love?

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Anthony Comello, 24, is accused of killing the reputed leader of the Gambino crime family in Staten Island, New York, last week, and investigators are trying to get to the bottom of the alleged hit. 

It was feared the slaying would spark a gang warfare, but it's now believe the suspect's motive was much more personal. Police say Comello allegedly did the deed for love, because the victim, 53-year-old Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali, didn't want Comello dating his niece.

The suspect reportedly rammed his car into the Cali's SUV before ringing the doorbell of Cali's home. That's when the suspect's face was caught on home surveillance. The suspect and Cali then had a conversation in the street before the suspect rattled off a dozen shots, killing the mob boss in cold blood, according to police. Comello allegedly left his fingerprints behind on the victim's SUV.

Cali was shot 10 times, while his wife, children and niece were reportedly inside the home.

It was initially reported that he was run over by the shooter’s truck. But investigators now say Cali was trying to get cover by hiding under his own SUV. 

"While we believe we have the shooter in custody in this incident, the investigation is far from over," Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea Saturday after the arrest. 

Investigators are still determining if there were other people involved in the shooting.

Comello was taken into custody in New Jersey, cops said. He is expected to face murder charges. The murder weapon has not been recovered. 


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