Two Suspects Have Been Arrested In Connection With The Killings In A Series Of Robberies At 7-Eleven Stores

At least six robberies were reported around Southern California, and police believe some of them were connected.

Two suspects connected to the homicides and robberies at 7-Eleven stores across Southern California on Monday have been arrested, officials announced Friday.

Los Angeles residents Malik Donyae Patt, 20, and Jason Lamont Payne, 44, were taken into custody Friday, authorities said.

At least six stores reported robberies. The first robbery was reported at 12:11 a.m. at 7-Eleven in Ontario. Then at 1:35 a.m., there was an armed robbery at 7-Eleven in Upland, police said.

At about 1:50 a.m., Riverside police responded to another armed robbery and an attempted murder shooting at the 7-Eleven on La Sierra Avenue.

The suspect entered the store with a gun, robbed the clerk, shot a customer, and then fled on foot, police told BuzzFeed News in an email. The gunshot victim is in "grave condition."

At 3:03 a.m., there was an armed robbery at Yum Yum Donuts in Santa Ana, according to police.

At 3:25 a.m., Santa Ana police officers responded to a shooting at the 7-Eleven on East 17th Street. A man was found dead in the parking lot with a gunshot wound to his upper body, according to the police department. Police said in a news conference that the suspect was trying to rob someone else, but when the victim stepped in, the suspect shot and killed the victim.

At 4:18 a.m., Brea police responded to a call at the 7-Eleven on Lambert Road, where a robbery also involved gunfire. One person was killed, and no other information about them was immediately released. Police released a surveillance image of the man they described as a suspect.

"On behalf of the men and women of the Brea Police Department, we want to send our deepest condolences to the family of the victim who lost their life during today’s tragic incidents," Brea Police said in a Facebook post.

At 4:55 a.m., La Habra officers responded to a report of a robbery at a 7-Eleven on East Whittier Boulevard. Two people were shot and taken to a hospital for treatment.

In an email to BuzzFeed News, a 7-Eleven spokesperson wrote, “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 annually celebrates July 11, or 7/11, and this year marks 95 years in business. Each year, the convenience store gives out free Slurpees to celebrate.

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