An alleged mafia boss has been reportedly been shot and killed outside his home in New York.
Franceso 'Frank' Cali was taken to Staten Island University Hospital North and pronounced dead, the New York Post
The New York fire department (FDNY) was called to a home in Staten Island at 9.18pm local time after a caller reported hearing six or seven gunshots.
Police sources reportedly said the shooter fled the scene in a blue pickup truck. Nobody has yet been arrested.
Authorities have claimed the 53-year-old Cali is the boss of the Gambino crime family, previously headed by the infamous John Gotti.
The Gambino criminal organisation is one of the 'Five Families' of organised crime in New York, alongside the Bonanno, Colombo, Genovese and Lucchese families.
Cali is the first reputed crime family boss to be shot since the execution of former Gambino head Paul Castellano in 1985.
Castellano was killed on Gotti's orders, in what was seen to be a major break from Mafia protocol, which forbade the unsanctioned murder of a family head.
Authorities believe Cali, who has kept a low profile in comparison to his predecessors, had ties to the Inzerillo mafia family in Sicily.