02/05/2016 06:26 pm ET
An 8-year-old boy accused of attempting to rob a Florida grocery store with his mother's gun will not face charges, the state announced Friday.
The boy walked into King Foods & Meat Bazaar in West Palm Beach Wednesday evening wearing a bike helmet and baggy clothing, police said.
"He was wearing like a motorcycle helmet, and he was wearing a sweater over his mouth,” a store clerk told local ABC affiliate WFTV. “He was only showing his eyes."
The boy then pulled a gun from his sweater and pointed it at a cashier while demanding money, according to WPTV.
Employee Robert Espinal told CBS Miami that he wasn't sure if the gun was real or fake, "But I took it seriously."
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Surveillance video shows one clerk walking over to the boy, twisting his wrist and taking the weapon away. The gun was loaded, but there was no bullet in the chamber, an employee told WPBF TV.
The boy's mother, Ebonie Alls, told the station her son had told her he was going to the park.
Alls said she thought something might be up when she got ready to leave her house and pick up her other son.
“When I grabbed my purse, it was so light. ... I knew I was missing something. I said ‘Where’s my gun?’ The first thing I thought was I hope [the boy] doesn’t have my gun,” Alls told WFTV.