Chesterfield police investigate leads in fatal celebratory gunfire case

Brendon Mackey
Brendon Mackey
Aaliyah Blackburn
Aaliyah Blackburn

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Chesterfield police continue to investigate leads in Brendon Mackey's case. 7-year-old Brendon died Friday morning, just hours after being hit by a stray bullet that was fired into the air near Swift Creek Reservoir.

According to Chesterfield Police, celebratory gunfire is a bigger issue than one may think. It's most prevalent on New Year's Eve and the Fourth of July.

Brendon was walking through The Boathouse parking lot to see fireworks with his family when he was struck by that stray bullet.

Cheri Blackburn knows the pain Brendon's family is going through. Her granddaughter, 10-year-old Aaliyah Blackburn, was killed by celebratory gunshots this past New Year's Eve.

"When a young girl is standing out in her front yard with her cousins and her grandfather watching fireworks for New Year's and just drops - there's no making sense of that," said Blackburn.

Speaking to us from Maryland, Blackburn is now trying to pass stricter laws in all fifty states to cut down on celebratory gunfire.

"What we would like to see is a stronger enforcement of the celebratory gunfire laws," said Blackburn. "Most jurisdictions already have those laws on the books."

Enforcement can be difficult, says Captain Brad Badgerow with Chesterfield Police. That's because it is tough to figure out where a bullet originated from.

He says, it's up to gun owners to be responsible.

"We don't want people going out there and shooting in a celebratory manner," said Badgerow. "Something like last night, we never want to deal with again, it's senseless."

Chesterfield police are still urging folks to come forward. If you know anyone who was firing a gun Thursday night around 9:00 on either side of Swift Creek Reservoir, call Crime Solvers 746-0660.

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