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Two suspects have been arrested in connection with a string of 7-Eleven armed robberies in Southern California that left two people dead and three others injured this week.
The crime spree targeting the convenience store chain began Monday and spread throughout three counties. In total, there were six robberies that occurred in Brea, La Habra, Ontario, Santa Ana, Upland and Riverside.
Officials were expected to release details of the suspects at a news conference in Santa Ana Friday evening, the Brea Police Department said.
The first reported robbery occurred Monday morning in Ontario. Authorities said a suspect walked in and demanded money before fleeing. Less than an hour later, another store in Upland was targeted. No one was injured in those incidents.
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Another armed robbery occurred in Riverside and a customer was shot in the head, police said. In Santa Ana, a 24-year-old man was found dead in the store parking lot with a gunshot wound to his upper body.
Investigators said the store was closed and the gunman killed him, Fox Los Angeles reported.
In Brea, a 7-Eleven store clerk was killed and a store clerk and another man were both shot at another 7-Eleven in nearby La Habra. The shootings coincided with National 7/11 Day, in which the chain celebrates its anniversary by giving customers a chance to win free Slurpees.
Brea police released an image of a suspect possibly linked to the crimes Monday. In a statement released that day, 7Eleven said it was thinking of the victims and their loved ones.
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“Our hearts are with the victims and their loved ones. We are gathering information on this terrible tragedy and working with local law enforcement,” the company said.