Update: Police have confirmed that the fatal shooting in Santa Ana is tied to three other shooting incidents at 7-Eleven stores that occurred Monday morning. Read the latest here.
A man was found fatally shot in the parking lot of a Santa Ana 7-Eleven early Monday.
Santa Ana police responded to a shooting in the parking lot of 300 East 17th St. around 3:25 a.m., authorities said in a news release.
The victim was found lying in the parking lot with a fatal gunshot wound to his upper torso.
“The circumstances surrounding this homicide are currently being investigated,” police said in a news release.
Late Monday night, the Santa Ana Police Department identified the victim as 24-year-old Matthew Rule of Santa Ana.
“Detectives are attempting to identify and locate any witnesses who can shed light on this incident.”
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Santa Ana police homicide section detectives at 714-245-8390.
Two other shootings occurred at other 7-Elevens and police say they are “confident” those two are related and involve the same assailant.
A clerk was killed during a robbery at a 7-Eleven in Brea around 4:20 a.m., and at least one person was injured during a shooting at a 7-Eleven in La Habra around 5 a.m.