VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - A customer inside a Virginia Beach 7-Eleven shot two people who were allegedly trying to rob the convenience store Thursday morning, killing one of them and injuring the other, according to witnesses and police.
The store is located in the 100 block of S. Newtown Road.
The suspect who was injured was taken to a hospital for treatment. This person's condition and the severity of their injuries are not known at this time, said police.
News 3 spoke with a couple who was in the store at the time of the shooting around 2:28 a.m. They called the man a hero.
Police confirmed the man who shot the alleged robbers had a concealed carry permit on him, and that the suspects were armed when they entered the 7-Eleven.
Overnight, three more armed robberies occurred that police believe are connected to the robbery at Newtown Road.
At 10:54 p.m., Newport News Police responded to the 7-Eleven located at 10185 Warwick Boulevard for a commercial robbery. When police arrived, the clerk advised them that three men, one armed, entered the business and demanded she open the registers. The suspects took an unknown amount of cash and tobacco products, then fled.
At 12:28 a.m., one armed robbery was committed at the 7-Eleven located at 1010 Pacific Avenue, according to police. During that robbery, three armed men entered the store and robbed the store of cigarettes and smoking devices.
Around 1 a.m., police responded to the 7-Eleven located at 3235 Chesapeake Boulevard for a commercial robbery. When police arrived, the clerk advised them that three men entered the store armed with guns. The men demanded money and the clerk complied. There were no injuries reported.
Around 2 a.m., police responded to the 7-Eleven located at 6667 E. Virginia Beach Boulevard for a commercial robbery. When police arrived, the clerk advised them that two men entered the store armed with guns. The men demanded money, and the clerk complied. There were no injuries reported.
Police believe these men were involved in the robbery that left one man dead. They also said they took a third person into custody near the 7-Eleven on S. Newtown Road.
This is the second deadly shooting at a 7-Eleven in Hampton Roads in the last two weeks. A 17-year-old Hampton boy was killed in a shooting at a 7-Eleven convenience store on July 12.
This story will continue to be updated as more information becomes available.