BREA, Calif. – Family and friends are in shock as they remember Matthew Hirsch, a 7-Eleven store worker who was killed in a series of robberies across Southern California.
On July 11, the 40-year-old store worker was fatally shot in an armed robbery at 7-Eleven on Lambert Road and N. Brea Boulevard around 4:18 a.m., police said.
Hirsch died at the scene.
“It’s insane, it doesn’t make any sense at all,” Hirsch’s girlfriend Kristen said.
Authorities say the suspect who robbed and killed Hirsch is linked to at least five other 7-Eleven robberies that occurred that night.
The first theft took place just after midnight in Ontario at 7-Eleven located at 636 N. Vine Ave. About 40 minutes later, another robbery took place at 7-Eleven on Route 2410 W. Arrow in Upland.
No one was injured in the first two incidents.
But then things took a turn for the worse. Just before 2 a.m., another armed robbery was reported at a 7-Eleven on La Sierra Avenue in Riverside.
Police say a customer was shot in the head inside the convenience store and remains in serious condition. There is no indication the customer did anything to intervene in the robbery, but he was still shot by the suspect, police said.
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Around 3:23 a.m., another robbery was reported at 7-Eleven in the 300 block of 17th Street in Santa Ana.
Matthew Rule, 24, was found dead in the parking lot with a gunshot wound to his upper torso.
Investigators say the store was closed, so the shooter robbed Rule and then killed him.
Suspect wanted in the fatal shooting of a 7-Eleven employee on Lambert Rd and N. Brea Blvd in Brea. (Credit: Brea Police Department)
About an hour later, the suspect struck again… this time at a 7-Eleven in Brea. Store clerk Matthew Hirsch was killed.
And just before 5 a.m. in La Habra, the robber shoots the store clerk and another man; both are expected to survive.
“This gun violence really needs to stop. They might have the money but don’t hurt my baby. Don’t hurt Matthew. He was such a good person. It’s gone on too long, too. I don’t know what we can do to stop this,” Barbara said.
“She was a beautiful person. The Lord has another angel in heaven,” she added.
Hirsch was known as the Guardian among his family and friends. They say he was funny and touched so many lives.
“He might have been the shortest guy in the room, but he was always goofy. And if he needed you to need an extra push or a text every morning, he would always reach out. hand,” her friend Adriana Anderson said.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help Hirsch’s family.