LOS ANGELES — After years of habit, Matthew Hirsch was sober. He landed a secure job working in a single day shifts at a 7-Eleven in Southern California, lived together with his girlfriend in a close-by condo and spoke to his father day by day.Round 4:15 a.m. Monday, a masked shooter gunned down the 40-year-old clerk contained in the comfort retailer. Authorities say it was one in all six robberies by the identical man at 7-Eleven shops throughout the area, mindless assaults that left two lifeless and three wounded. The tragedy left Hirsch’s father reeling on Tuesday. Jim Hirsch had lengthy feared his son’s dying would come from one other heroin overdose.“I’d stroll into his room at night time and see needles,” Hirsch advised The Related Press. “Do I throw him out to die below a bridge? Or let him overdose in the home?”Nonetheless, he at all times had an open-door coverage for “Matt” on the dwelling the place his son grew up. Matt finally sobered up as “he slowly straightened himself out” greater than a yr in the past, his father mentioned. He started working on the 7-Eleven in Brea about six months in the past, juggling his job and his restoration.Jim Hirsch was glad his son was employed however anxious about him working alone late at night time. “He hadn’t had time to take pleasure in a standard life,” his father mentioned. “He goes by means of a battle for goodness and it ends in a taking pictures.”The robberies occurred in a five-hour span early on Monday. Following the lethal robberies, 7-Eleven Inc. urged Los Angeles-area shops to shut Monday and Tuesday nights for security.Investigators aren’t certain what led to Hirsch’s dying in Brea, or what sparked the robberies in Ontario, Upland, Riverside, Santa Ana and La Habra. Riverside Police Officer Ryan Railsback mentioned it does not appear coincidental that 7-Eleven was focused on July 11 — or 7/11, the day when the corporate celebrates its anniversary. Hirsch was shot to dying after authorities imagine the gunman earlier gravely wounded a buyer in Riverside after which fatally shot Matthew Rule, 24, exterior a Santa Ana retailer. After these three shootings, the suspect then shot two individuals at a retailer in La Habra earlier than disappearing.Rule’s aunt mentioned his mom was too distraught Tuesday to talk to a reporter.Armed robberies additionally occurred at shops in Ontario and Upland shortly earlier than the shootings. Authorities in these cities on Tuesday confirmed that the crimes they have been investigating are linked to the crimes on the different places.Authorities in Ontario, Brea and Upland shared photographs of a masked man carrying what seemed to be the identical black sweatshirt with a hood over his head. The sweatshirt had white lettering with inexperienced leaves on the entrance.The primary theft occurred round midnight in Ontario, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) east of Los Angeles. Then, about 45 minutes later, a gunman stole a number of objects and $400 to $500 in money from a retailer within the neighboring metropolis of Upland. About an hour later, the Riverside retailer was robbed and a buyer shot and gravely wounded. One other taking pictures occurred round 3:20 a.m. in Santa Ana. There, officers discovered Rule lifeless within the 7-Eleven car parking zone. The sufferer didn’t work on the retailer, and surveillance video exhibits the suspect dropping objects — believed to be the sufferer’s belongings whereas fleeing, police mentioned.About 40 minutes later, Hirsch was fatally shot and fewer than an hour later officers found two gunshot victims at a retailer in close by La Habra. These two victims are anticipated to outlive.———Information Researcher Rhonda Shafner in New York contributed.