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Purse Used to Hit Florida Gunman Raises $26,200

Dec 23, 2010 – 11:36 AM
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David Lohr

David Lohr Contributor

The purse that Ginger Littleton used in a gutsy attempt to disarm a gunman at a Florida school board meeting has been auctioned for $13,100 on eBay, and a charity organized by the other hero in the attack will get $26,200.

"I wasn't terribly attached to the purse," Littleton told CNN. "So anything I could [do] to extend the purse to the lives of other people was a good idea."

Littleton and her purse captured headlines around the world last week after Clay Duke, a 56-year-old ex-convict, brandished a 9 mm handgun during a Bay City Schools board meeting. Littleton, the sole woman on the board, had been ordered to leave but sneaked back in, whacking Duke's gun arm with her large purse in an attempt to knock the weapon out of his hands. The attempt failed, and Duke forced Littleton to the ground but did not shoot her.

Duke then opened fire, but nobody was hit. Security officer Mike Jones wounded Duke, who then fatally shot himself. He was the only casualty of the violence, which was caught on videotape.

"I knew something bad was going to happen. I could leave and try to live with myself if it did, or go back and try to at least delay or divert until we could get some help," Littleton told "The Early Show" on CBS last week.

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Both Littleton and Jones have been hailed as heroes.

An unidentified man in Alexandria, Va., submitted the winning bid for the bag, according to WJHG-TV, which organized the acution and will donate the same amount as the bid to the charity.

The proceeds from the sale of Littleton's faux crocodile leather purse will go to Salvage Santa, a charity started by Jones that restores old bicycles and toys for children.

"I thought, 'Wow, what closure for everyone. This was a way to tie everything up,'" Littleton told CNN.
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