Two people were killed and three were wounded in shootings before dawn Monday at four Southern California 7-Eleven stores, authorities said. At least three of the four shootings are believed to be linked to the same lone gunman.
A male victim was killed in a shooting that took place inside a 7-Eleven in Brea, a city in northern Orange County, at around 4:18 a.m. local time.
According to our early research, the clerk was murdered during a heist. Later, we discovered that a 7-Eleven in La Habra experienced a same event, the agency tweeted.
The city of La Habra is located in Orange County’s north-west. According to a press statement from the La Habra police department, its officers were called to a robbery at a 7-Eleven shop at around 4:55 a.m. local time (1155 GMT).
According to the La Habra Police Department, “officers arrived at the scene and located two victims who were suffering from gunshot wounds.” Both victims were taken to a nearby hospital and are now listed in stable condition.
A man was also fatally shot at a 7-Eleven in Santa Ana, the county capital of Orange, at 3:25 a.m. local time (10:25 GMT), according to the Santa Ana Police Department.
The City News Agency, a regional wire service serving Southern California, said that based on surveillance images of the suspect in the Brea and La Habra shootings, authorities think it is the same guy in Santa Ana.
Additionally, at around 1:50 a.m. local time (0850 GMT), in what police characterised as an apparent robbery at a 7-Eleven shop, a customer was shot in Riverside County, which is 40 minutes away from Orange County, according to the City News Service.
The fourth incident has not been linked by police to the three shootings in Orange County.
According to the Los Angeles television station FOX 11, authorities said they will notify other 7-Eleven locations to take further safety procedures.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. 7-Eleven, an American multinational network of retail convenience stores, released a statement saying, “We are gathering information on this sad accident and assisting with local law authorities.