California 7-Eleven attacks: Manhunt underway for gunman linked to 6 robberies in one night that left 2 dead

The robberies and shootings happened on National 7/11 day when 7-Eleven celebrates its anniversary

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Police are searching for a suspect allegedly connected to six robberies at 7-Elevens in Southern California early Monday that left two dead and three injured. 

The robberies and shootings were in Ontario, Upland, Riverside, La Habra, Brea and Santa Ana – cities all near the Los Angeles area. 

The shootings happened on National 7/11 Day, when customers can receive a free Slurpee at the convenience store. 

In this image from video released by the Brea Police Department, a person is shown that police are attempting to identify in connection with two people who were killed and three who were wounded in shootings at multiple 7-Eleven locations in Southern California ,Monday, July 11, 2022.

In this image from video released by the Brea Police Department, a person is shown that police are attempting to identify in connection with two people who were killed and three who were wounded in shootings at multiple 7-Eleven locations in Southern California ,Monday, July 11, 2022. (Brea Police Department via AP)

The father of Matthew Hirsch, 40, who was working the overnight shift at a 7-Eleven in Brea, California, when he was killed just after 4 a.m. PT on Monday, said his son had recently gotten sober after dealing with drug addiction for years and had turned his life around after getting the job.

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In this image from video from a 7-Eleven store in Upland, California, is a person that police are attempting to identify in connection with two people who were killed and three who were wounded in shootings at six 7-Eleven locations in Southern California, Monday, July 11, 2022.

In this image from video from a 7-Eleven store in Upland, California, is a person that police are attempting to identify in connection with two people who were killed and three who were wounded in shootings at six 7-Eleven locations in Southern California, Monday, July 11, 2022. (Upland Police Department via AP)

"He hadn’t had time to enjoy a normal life," Jim Hirsch said. "He goes through a struggle for goodness and it ends in a shooting."

7-Eleven urged stores in the area to close Tuesday and Wednesday nights for safety reasons. 

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Another man, Matthew Rule, 24, was also found dead outside a Santa Ana location. He didn’t work at the store. 

The shootings started around midnight and continued for the next five hours. 

Police investigate a shooting at a 7-Eleven store in Brea, California, on Monday, July 11, 2022.

Police investigate a shooting at a 7-Eleven store in Brea, California, on Monday, July 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Eugene Garcia)

The first robbery was in Ontario, then less than an hour later a store in Upland was robbed. An hour after that, a gunman shot and gravely wounded a customer in Riverside while robbing a store. 

Rule was shot and killed outside a Santa Ana store around 3:20 a.m. Less than an hour later, Hirsch was shot and killed and less than an hour after that two more people were injured at a store in La Habra. 

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In surveillance images, the suspect is seen wearing a mask, a hood and a black sweatshirt with white lettering.  

Fox News' Louis Casiano and The Associated Press contributed to this report.