Suspects in robberies and shootings at 7-Eleven stores in Southern California tried to buy more ammunition, authorities say

Both Suspects of committing robberies and shootings at 7-Eleven stores in Southern California tried to buy more ammunitions, Orange County Senior Deputy District Attorney Seton Hunt revealed.

In a Santa Ana courtroom Tuesday, Hunt said that after the assault and shooting in the early hours of July 11, which left two people dead and three more wounded, suspects Malik Patt and Jason Payne went to a convenience store. sports cars in an attempt to buy more ammunition.

The couple couldn’t do it because of Patt’s age, 20, and Payne’s criminal record.

The two suspects were arrested Friday and remain in the custody of authorities.

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Patt and Payne appeared in Santa Ana for the first time in court Tuesday morning, and new details about the July 11 incidents were revealed.

Malik Patt of Los Angeles faces three counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder, three counts of robbery and one count of carjacking while armedin connection with crimes that occurred at 7-Eleven stores in Santa Ana and Brea, as well as the death of a homeless man on July 9 in North Hills, Los Angeles County.

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The charges against Patt include special circumstances charges of multiple homicides and homicide in commission of a robbery.

Patt could face a possible death sentence, if prosecutors choose to pursue it.. At a minimum, he would face life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted at trial.

Jason Payne, 44, described as Patt’s neighbor, was charged with three counts of robbery and one count of attempted robbery, stemming from robberies in Santa Ana, La Habra and Brea.

Payne was only charged with robbery and not murder, for now, due to a change in state law that requires prosecutors to show more evidence that the suspect knew the killing was part of the plan. and that he acted in a way that showed reckless indifference. to the lives of victims, Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said Monday at a news conference.

Both defendants appeared this Tuesday morning before the court in Santa Ana, but his arraignment was delayed until August 18. Patt is being held without bond, while Payne was set at $100,000.

patt and payne were arrested Friday near Normandie Avenuein South Los Angeles.

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Police said Patt is the prime suspect seen in surveillance video photos.

It is not entirely clear how Patt and Payne are connected, but they are neighbors in Los Angeles and have had a long-standing relationshipaccording to the authorities.

Supposedly, Payne was the driver in the assaultsbut Patt is also accused of stealing a vehicle from a victim to get to the getaway car that Payne was driving.

According to Spitzer, the crimes allegedly committed by Patt began on July 9 with the homicide of a homeless man in the 16100 block of Parthenia Street.near Woodley Avenue in North Hills, and was committed about 200 yards from a 7-Eleven store that was robbed earlier that day.

Authorities said that on July 11, robberies and shootings at 7-Eleven stores began in Ontario, San Bernardino County.

The police said that shortly after midnight the 7-Eleven at 636 N. Vine Ave was robbed. The suspect held up the store with a gun, but no shots were fired and no one was injured.

At 12:37 a.m., the 7-Eleven store at 2410 W. Arrow Route in Upland was robbed.. The suspect stole several items and between $400 and $500 in cash. There were no shots.

At 1:50 a.m., a gunman robbed a 7-Eleven store at 5102 La Sierra Avenue in Riverside.. In that robbery the suspect shot a customer, who was hospitalized in serious condition.

Minutes after 3 am, the Yum Yum Donuts store at 2441 N. Tustin Street in Santa Ana was robbed.

At 3:23 a.m., Matthew Rule, 24, was shot to death outside the 7-Eleven store at 302 E. 17th Street in Santa Ana..

Officers found Rule in the parking lot with a gunshot wound to the upper body and he died at the scene of the shooting.

Santa Ana Police Department Chief David Valentin said Rule wasn’t the shooter’s primary target. The attacker was aiming at someone else, but Rule got involved and was shot..

Brea police said they responded at 4:17 a.m. to the 7-Eleven store at 109 W. Lambert Road. and found a store clerk shot in what was determined to be a robbery. The employee was identified as Matthew Hirsch, 40, who died at the scene..

At 4:55 a.m., the 7-Eleven store at 381 E. Whittier Boulevard in La Habra was broken into and two people were shot.. Both victims, an employee and a customer, were taken to a hospital and were expected to survive their injuries.

According to surveillance footage, police said they were able to link the same suspect to all the robberies.

The cases in Santa Ana, Brea and La Habra will be processed in Orange County.

The robberies that occurred in Ontario and Upland will be processed in San Bernardino CountySpitzer said.

Orange County District Attorney’s Office will prosecute Riverside 7-Eleven shooting if victim diesbut if he survives he will be prosecuted in Riverside County.

Orange County Board President Doug Chaffee said county officials were discussing a reward, but law enforcement was so efficient they didn’t get a chance to do it, so they will use at least $100,000 to support the victims of the attacks.

Last week, 7-Eleven offered a $100,000 reward for information that would help identify and arrest the suspect in the robberies and shootings. So far it is not known if anyone is eligible to claim the reward.

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