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Police Identify Irish Kitchen Shooting Victim As Aggressor

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Philadelphia police have determined that a patron at a Frankford bar justifiably shot two other patrons, including one fatally, during an exchange of gunfire early Friday.

A quarrel broke out shortly after 1 a.m. at the Irish Kitchen, 1257 Pratt St., according to Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman. During the altercation, a 25-year-old man allegedly pulled out a handgun and shot a 29-year-old man in the right thigh. Police identified the gunman as Dallas Custalow, of the 1300 block of Anchor St.

The 29-year-old victim pulled out a gun, which he was licensed to carry, and returned fire, striking Custalow once in the abdomen. Custalow was pronounced dead at Temple University Hospital just before 1:30 a.m.

The 29-year-old was treated at Hahnemann University Hospital and released.

A third man was also wounded in the shootout. The 20-year-old was struck in the head and taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition. His role in the dispute was not identified.

Police have not released the identities of two of the wounded men.

No criminal charges have been filed.

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1 Shot Dead, 2 Wounded In The Irish Kitchen

crime graphicFox News sent Julie Kim up to the Irish Kitchen at 1257 Pratt St to report on a shooting at 1:30 this morning.

UPDATE: The man shot in the stomach, and who later died, was identified as Dallas Iway Custalow Jr of the 1300 block of Anchor Street.  On Feb. 23, Custalow’s father, also named Dallas Custalow died after a violent attack.  During that incident, police allege that a neighbor on Anchor Street, Michael Bocchinfuso, 44, used a shovel and trash can to bludgeon the elder Custalow, 71.

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Neighbor Beaten to Death is Frankford’s First Homocide of ’09

According to the PPD’s crime map, there have been seven homicides in Northeast Philadelphia so far in 2009.  Not one of them has been in Frankford.  This time last year we already had four.  And that’s been something to write home about.  But the tenth is probably ours because as of now I can hear the helicopters circling overhead because some moron beat his neighbor to death and has barracaded himself inside a house.  So says CBS3.

Update: NBC 10 says it happened on the 1300 block of Anchor, and calls that Oxford Circle.  So does Fox 29.  And as much as I’d like to give this one up to OC, Anchor Street is south of Cheltenham Ave and is definitely in Frankford.

Update: Michael Boccinfusso has been charged with murdering  his neighbor Dallas “Chief” Custalow.