Los Angeles-area police departments are investigating whether four robberies that left two people dead at 7-Eleven stores on Monday are connected. Investigators from Brea and La Habra believe incidents at 7-Eleven stores in their cities are linked. Police in Santa Ana believe a suspect in another robbery-homicide there is the same gunman, based on photographic evidence released by the Brea Police Department. A fourth robbery in Riverside is being investigated. Early Monday, Brea officers responded to a 7-Eleven and found a male victim with a gunshot wound who was later pronounced dead, the Wall Street Journal reports. Less than 4 miles to the west, La Habra police officers responded to reports of a robbery at a 7-Eleven and found two people with gunshot wounds.
“We feel confident that it is the same suspect,” said Brea Police Capt. Philip Rodriguez. La Habra and Brea neighbor each other in the northern part of Orange County, just east of Los Angeles County. In Riverside, 30 miles from Brea, officers responded to reports of a robbery at a 7-Eleven. They found a victim with a gunshot wound who was in grave condition. "A lone suspect entered the store, brandished a firearm, and then robbed the store clerk. After the robbery, he shot a customer who was inside the store and then he fled on foot,” said officer Ryan Railsback.