Anthony Comello: What We Know About the 24-Year-Old Accused of Killing a Gambino Mob Boss – The New York Times
“I would never imagine he could have done this,” Mr. Ujeck added. “I was shocked.”
Didar Janid, 46, works in the Campos deli a few blocks from the Comello’s two-story home in Staten Island and said he has known Mr. Comello for about eight years. He would stop by every couple weeks to buy Marlboro cigarettes, Mr. Janid said.
“He was a little bit aggressive,” Mr. Janid said, adding “a little loud.”
But he was mellowing, Mr. Janid said, and the accusations he now faces stunned the shopkeeper.
“I didn’t see nothing abnormal when I saw him,” he said. “I can’t think even that he could be doing this.”
From the start, the shooting bore few of the hallmarks of a Mafia assassination, which generally involves a team of assassins and multiple cars to make a quick escape and block possible pursuers. They usually play out in carefully selected locations, away from the victim’s home and family, where the killers can get in and out fast with as little scrutiny as possible.
But Mr. Cali’s killer drove his own pickup truck to his victim’s home in the Todt Hill section of Staten Island, a neighborhood of narrow winding streets filled with police surveillance cameras and license plate readers. The truck was then backed into Mr. Cali’s Cadillac Escalade, a collision that apparently knocked off the car’s license plate, police officials said on Saturday.
He then rang the doorbell of Mr. Cali’s home, allowing the surveillance camera to capture an image of his face, the police said.
Mr. Cali came out to talk, and after a minute of conversation, the gunman pulled out a 9-millimeter pistol and fired repeatedly into Mr. Cali’s body, mortally wounding him as he tried to crawl under his killer’s car.