Incident Summary:

03/13/2019: An assailant drove his vehicle into the vehicle of Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali outside his residence in Todt Hill, Staten Island, New York City, United States. When Cali, a Gambino crime boss, came outside, the assailant shot and killed him. Anthony Comello claimed responsibility for the incident. Sources suspected that Comello was influenced by the far-right conspiracy theory known as the "QAnon theory," which indicates "that there is a deep-state plot against Donald Trump." Moreover, according to Comello's attorney, Comello believed "he was helping President Donald Trump defend democracy" and that Cali was part of the "deep state." Sources also noted that Comello wrote "MAGA Forever," "Q," "United We Stand," and "Patriots in Charge" on his hand while in court.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

New York

New York City

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Todt Hill neighborhood of Staten Island.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Gambino Crime Boss: Francesco Cali
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Vehicle (not to include vehicle-borne explosives, i.e., car or truck bombs)
Weapon Details
A 9-mm pistol and a blue pickup truck were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Conspiracy theory extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Gambino boss may have been lured outside by car crash before his death," New York Post, March 14, 2019.