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A rash of robbery-shootings at Southland 7-Eleven stores left at least two people dead Monday, with police saying some of the crimes appear to be related.

Brea police said they responded at 4:17 a.m. to a 7-Eleven store at Lambert Road and North Brea Boulevard and found a male store clerk fatally shot in what officers determined to be a robbery.

According to Brea police, that shooting is believed to be related to another shooting in La Habra.

La Habra police responded at 4:55 a.m. to a robbery at a 7-Eleven store at 381 E. Whittier Blvd., La Habra police Sgt. Eric Roy said. When officers arrived they found two victims with gunshot wounds who were taken to an area hospital by Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedics, he said

Both of the victims in the La Habra shooting were expected to survive, Roy said.

“Based on some preliminary evidence we do believe it is possibly the same suspect,” Brea police Capt. Phil Rodriguez said at a news conference about the shootings in La Habra and Brea.

Meanwhile, Santa Ana police said a man was fatally shot at 3:25 a.m. at a 7-Eleven store in the 300 block of East 17th Street.

Police found the man in the parking lot with a gunshot wound to the upper body, Santa Ana police Sgt. Maria Lopez said. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators were working to determine if the shooting was related to the others, Lopez said.

And, in Riverside, a customer was shot about 1:50 a.m. in what police described as an apparent robbery at a 7-Eleven store in the 5200 block of La Sierra Avenue. Police said the victim in that shooting was in grave condition.

“We are aware of other incidents that have occurred in the southland at 7-Elevens,” Rodriguez said. “We obviously at this point can’t confirm whether they are connected, but we assure you our detectives are looking into that.”

The 7-Eleven company issued the following statement about the shootings:

“Our hearts are with the victims and their loved ones. We are gathering information on this terrible tragedy and working with local law enforcement.”

Anyone with information helpful to investigators was asked to call Brea police Det. Alfred Rodriguez at 714-671-4438 or alfredr@cityofbrea.net.

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