The simple guy Gambino boss Francesco "Frankie Boy" Kali squeezed his hand with his killer before he was shot into a volley of bullets, a senior police source said Friday post.
The interaction was captured on surveillance footage from the White Mansion of Cali in the Todd Hill section of Staten Island.
Kali, 53, left his home shortly before 9:20. Wednesday, after driving a blue pickup truck turned the car into the mafioso's parked Cadillac Escalda and made it a "significant rock," said Detective Chief Dermot Shea.
Photographs from the property, which authorities obtained through a search warrant, show Kali and the man having a call and shaking hands before the man passes Cali the license plate that fell from the Cadillac during the crash that lure the dolphin out of the dune, sources said.
The wounded man, 25 to 40 years old, opened fire with a 9mm weapon as Cali turned his back and placed the license plate in the trunk of the Escalda, according to sources.
"It's not like they came out, fist fights started," the senior source said. "The importance of this – it is almost as if proof of the idea that hitting the car was forced."
"It does not look like rage," the source said.
The cannon fired 12 bullets, shooting at Kali at least six times.
"I heard five shots, two at the beginning and then three, I was scared," said an old neighbor, Rose Zecharia, 90. "That night it looked like a murder mystery, a lot of cars and lights and commotion, like a movie scene."
Kali tried to escape from the bullets by hiding under the Cadillac, which at first led investigators to believe that he had passed during the attack. The police no longer believe this was the case.
The city's medical examination office said on Friday that Kali had died of gunshot wounds.
Cali's body was transferred from the county health center of Kings County on Friday to the Scarpachet funeral home in Staten Island, where they will be held, sources said.
Meanwhile, armed officers with a search warrant have been removed from electronics, including cell phones and laptops, from Cali's home on Thursday as police deepen their investigation into killings, sources said.
The authorities continue to view Gin Gotti, 72, the brother of director Gambino and the "Don Daphne" Guthrie, manslaughter, according to law enforcement sources who say the injury to Kali has not been confirmed by the New York Mafia Five Families.
Guten was released from prison in September 2018 after spending 29 years behind bars for heroin deals.
"Everything went smoothly, everyone was making money and something like that was just bad for business," said a law enforcement source. "Now they're back on the front page."
Another report by Nick Poglo