Two dead in shootings at 7-Elevens in Southern California

Two people were killed and three injured in a series of shootings at Southern California 7-Elevens early Monday – at least two of whom were likely carried out by the same suspect, police say.

That suspect – who has not yet been identified or arrested – is charged with robbing two 7-Elevens in La Habra and Brea and then opening fire on the stores, Brea Police Captain Phil Rodriguez said. The La Habra shooting killed a man who could not be identified.

The shooting in Brea injured two people who were taken to a local hospital, Rodriguez said.

Map of shootings at four 7-11 locations

Police also responded to Monday morning’s shootings at 7-Elevens in Riverside and Santa Ana – killing at least one, according to local media reports – but officials have not officially linked them to the two shootings in La Habra and Brea.

“We are aware of other incidents that have occurred here in the Southland at 7-Elevens,” Rodriguez said Monday. “We cannot confirm whether or not they are linked, but we can assure you that our detectives are investigating.”

He asked the public for help in identifying the suspect and shared a photo of a person wearing a mask and hood.

Monday is the final day of the convenience store chain’s “Free Slurpee Day,” celebrated July 1-11; Today’s date has the same digits as 7-Eleven.

Just before 2 a.m. Riverside officers were responding to a robbery at the 7-Eleven on La Sierra Avenue, where officers found a customer intake, department spokesman Ryan Railsback said. He said investigators determined the suspect, who has not been identified, entered the store, pulled out a firearm and robbed the clerk, then shot a customer before running from the store.

Railsback said the customer, who has not been identified, is now in a “serious” condition at a local hospital.

Less than two hours later, Santa Ana Police officers responded to a shooting at the 7-Eleven on E. 17th St. and found Sgt. Maria Lopez, according to the Santa Ana Police.

Just after 4 a.m., Brea police officers were called to a robbery and shot at the 7-Eleven on W. Lambert Road, where a man was found and shot, Rodriguez said. He called it a “robbery turned murder.”

Then, about 30 minutes later and four miles from the Brea supermarket, La Habra police officers responded to a shooting at the 7-Eleven on E. Whittier Blvd., a department spokesman said. Two people were found with gunshot wounds and taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Rodriguez said all authorities in the area are working together to see if the shootings are related.

The City News Service contributed to this report. Two dead in shootings at 7-Elevens in Southern California

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