An Overbrook High School student who caved to his craving for Chinese takeout early yesterday paid for the meal with his life.
The student, Attim Frazier of Poplar Street near Cambridge, was one of two homicide victims in a bloody night that boosted the city's murder tally to 153 for the year.
The two homicides were separated by just two blocks and two hours.
In the earlier case, a 53-year-old West Philadelphia man was shot in the stomach and leg shortly before 11 p.m. Thursday in his apartment on Pennsgrove Street near Mantua Avenue, said Sgt. William Gallagher of the homicide division. He was pronounced dead at 11:02 p.m. at the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania.
Police suspect the killer was someone avenging an earlier argument, Gallagher said.
Detectives believe that the victim, whom police did not identify, was home alone when he was attacked, Gallagher said. Neighbors who heard several shotgun blasts reported the gunfire to police, who discovered the victim inside.
About two hours later, Frazier, 16, was walking to a Chinese takeout eatery with his cousin when death roared up in an SUV.
Attim was shot on Cambridge Street near 41st by an unknown gunman in the vehicle, Gallagher said. He died at 1:02 a.m. at the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania. The city's curfew for anyone under age 18 is 10:30 p.m. on weeknights.
"We believe he was the intended target," Gallagher said. *