Two folks had been killed and three injured in a string of shootings at Southern California 7-Elevens early Monday — at the very least two of which police say had been doubtless carried out by the identical suspect.
That suspect — who has not but been recognized or detained — is accused of robbing two 7-Elevens in La Habra and Brea, then opening fireplace on the shops, mentioned Brea Police Capt. Phil Rodriguez. The capturing in La Habra killed one man, who has not been recognized.
The capturing in Brea wounded two individuals who have been taken to a neighborhood hospital, Rodriguez mentioned.
Police additionally responded to shootings Monday morning at 7-Elevens in Riverside and Santa Ana — killing at the very least one, in line with native media stories — however officers haven’t formally linked them to the 2 shootings in La Habra and Brea.
“We’re conscious of different incidents which have occurred right here within the Southland at 7-Elevens,” Rodriguez mentioned Monday. “We will’t verify whether or not or not they’re linked, however we are able to guarantee you our detectives are wanting into that.”
He requested for the general public’s assist in figuring out the suspect, sharing a photograph of an individual carrying a masks and hood.
Monday marks the final day of the comfort retailer chain’s “Free Slurpee Day,” celebrated from July 1-11; at the moment’s date has the identical digits as 7-Eleven.
Simply earlier than 2 a.m. Monday, Riverside officers responded to a theft on the 7-Eleven on La Sierra Avenue, the place officers discovered a buyer shot, mentioned division spokesperson Ryan Railsback. He mentioned investigators decided the suspect, who was not recognized, entered the shop, pulled out a firearm and robbed the clerk, then shot a buyer earlier than operating from the shop.
Railsback mentioned the client, who was not recognized, is now at an space hospital in “grave” situation.
Lower than two hours later, Santa Ana cops responded to a capturing on the 7-Eleven on E. seventeenth St., discovering somebody fatally shot on the retailer, in line with Santa Ana Police Sgt. Maria Lopez.
Simply after 4 a.m., Brea cops had been referred to as to a theft and capturing on the 7-Eleven on W. Lambert Highway, the place a person was discovered a person shot useless, Rodriguez mentioned. He referred to as it a “theft that changed into a murder.”
Then, about half-hour later and 4 miles from the Brea comfort retailer, La Habra Cops responded to a capturing on the 7-Eleven on E. Whittier Blvd., a spokesperson for the division mentioned. Two folks had been discovered with gunshot wounds and had been taken to a neighborhood hospital for therapy.
Rodriguez mentioned all of the companies throughout the area are working collectively to see if the shootings are linked.
Metropolis Information Service contributed to this report.