Police have a 24-year-old suspect in custody in the slaying of reputed Mafia boss Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali in New York City, authorities said on Saturday.
Shea said fingerprints were found on Cali's vehicle, which he said will be compared with Comello's at some point. This is the upmarket Todt Hill neighbourhood of Staten Island on the morning after Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali was shot dead outside his home with 12 bullets.
USA media reported that Cali's killing marked the first murder of a NY mob chieftain in 34 years since the death of Paul Castellano - another Gambino family boss - by order of John Gotti, who was known as Teflon Don. He was set up by John G. Gotti who then took over the Gambino family.
Cali allegedly had strong ties to the Sicilian mob.
Shortly after, Comello fired on Cali, hitting him 10 times. He was reportedly picked up at a New Jersey home by U.S. Marshals.
The 53-year-old Mr Cali, who was shot to death on Wednesday outside his Staten Island home, was allegedly the head of the Gambino family, one of the five Italian-American Mafia families that have historically dominated organised crime in NY and New Jersey. Information on a lawyer for Comello was not immediately available.
"In fact, the day of the incident, his truck received a parking summons in Staten Island", Shea said.
The strapping, 6 feet 3 inches, green-eyed Comello was working odd jobs and was considered something of an oddball, according to sources. He is listed as single and a high school graduate. His wife is the niece of purported mobster John Gambino.
After Gotti died in prison in 2002 the mob's influence on the USA eastern seaboard waned, but Cali's murder put it back in the headlines.
Police didn't believe that was the case, and some law enforcement felt early on this was connected to a personal beef. He had ALL screws lost!
When this reporter retweeted Angel Gotti's post, observing that some people thought the murder suspect "may have had a screw loose", Angel Gotti responded, tweeting "A screw lose?"