Mom who rushed to school shoot­ing scene had purse stolen

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ROCKFORD, Wash. — Au­thor­i­ties are search­ing for a thief who made off with the purse of a par­ent who rushed to check on her child fol­low­ing the school shoot­ing this week in Wash­ing­ton state.

The Spokane County sher­iff’s of­fice said the thief has racked up more than $36,000 in fraud­u­lent charges.

“Prop­erty crimes them­selves are typ­i­cally hard for vic­tims to deal with, es­pe­cially when iden­tity theft and fraud are in­volved,” said Deputy Mark Gre­gory in a news re­lease on Fri­day. “But the fact these crim­i­nals took ad­van­tage of such a tragic sit­u­a­tion is par­tic­u­larly heinous.”

Au­thor­i­ties say the purse was stolen Wed­nes­day morn­ing as par­ents con­verged on Free­man High School in Rockford, where a gun­man had opened fire, killing one stu­dent and in­jur­ing three oth­ers.

Fif­teen-year-old Caleb Sharpe has been ar­rested in the shoot­ing but has yet to make an ap­pear­ance in ju­ve­nile court.

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