Woman Slain by Robber in $3 Purse Snatching

A woman who was shot to death by a robber had only $3 in her purse, authorities said.

Lorena Gonzalez, 38, was shot Saturday night outside a 99 Cents Only store and was pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital.

Gonzalez and her 2-year-old son were waiting in the family's van while her husband and two older children were shopping. A man approached, grabbed her purse and started to run.

When Gonzalez got out of the van and screamed, the robber turned and shot her in the chest, Police Lt. Larry Clark said. The robber escaped in a car.

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