An 8-year-old boy who allegedly stole his mother’s gun and tried to rob a grocery store on Wednesday was not charged, according to The Huffington Post.
The boy, covered head to toe with baggy clothing, a sweater over his face and a motorcycle helmet, walked into a West Palm Beach, Florida market . He pulled out a gun and aimed it at the cashier, but his attempt failed when the grocery store clerk twisted the boy’s wrist and took the gun from him.
"All of a sudden I'm so shocked. I don't know if it's a real gun or if it's a fake gun, but my priority is to take it away from him because I don't know,” the employee, Robert Espinal, told WPTV.
The gun was loaded but there was no bullet inside.
The boy’s mother, Ebonie Alls, said her son told her he was going to the park. Yet Alls noticed something suspicious when she went to 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] don’t have my gun,” Alls told WFTV.
The boy is undergoing a mental evaluation after claims he was going to hurt himself and is not allowed back in the grocery store.
His mother told CBS Miami if she had known, she would "have had the gun locked up in a safe somewhere.”
Gun safety and caution should be first priority for gun owners, especially since studies convey the likelihood of fatalities among family members when guns are present in the home. Yet this dangerous impact continues to go amiss with gun owners as more and more horrifying news stories involving guns come to light.
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