An off-duty security guard was shot in the head late last night at a Sunoco station at 38th Street and Girard Avenue. Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives said the victim tried to intervene when he saw a man arguing with a Sunoco cashier about 11:30 p.m. The man turned and shot the guard in the head and may have taken the victim's cell phone before fleeing in a green minivan. The victim, whose name was not released, was admitted in critical but stable condition to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Walker said the victim was alert and talking. Tipsters can call 215-686-3183 or 3184.



Nine female students were arrested yesterday morning at Frankford High School, on Oxford Avenue near Haworth Street, in Northeast Philadelphia, after a fight broke out while students were changing classes, a school-district official said.

One student was treated for a cut above her left eye by the school nurse, and officials are investigating to determine the cause of the fight. Police said that the students may face charges of disorderly conduct for the incident.


Seven suspects said to have links to violent drug traffickers in Mexico were charged with various drug violations following Operation "Kingpin of Prussia," the Montgomery District Attorney's Office announced yesterday.

On Oct. 8, law-enforcement officials arrested nine alleged drug traffickers in Montgomery County, Philadelphia, Las Vegas and North Carolina.



A man who thought he was OK and walked home after he was struck by a pickup truck Monday in Kensington died, and police are asking the driver and/or the passenger of the truck to come forward.

Efrain Martinez, 48, was crossing Kensington Avenue near Monmouth Street with his brother when he was struck and knocked to the ground by a white Ford F-150 pickup truck at 8 p.m. Monday.

The driver stopped and asked Martinez if he wanted to go to the hospital, but Martinez declined and walked home, where he had chest pains and difficulty breathing.

Police said that Martinez was taken to Temple University Hospital with chest trauma and was pronounced dead at 10:05 p.m. Monday.

The driver is described as a Hispanic man in his early 40s, with light complexion, a round face with full beard, and short hair.

The passenger was a Hispanic woman, with a light complexion, also in her early 40s, with black hair and a black puffy jacket.

Police are asking the occupants of that Ford truck to contact Accident Investigations at 215-685-3180 or -3181.

- Staff and wire reports