Chesterfield Police: Handgun bullet likely killed child at fireworks

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - The bullet that struck and killed a 7-year-old boy before a 4th of July fireworks display likely was fired from a handgun, Chesterfield Police said Monday.

Police say the bullet that struck and killed Brendon Mackey is of a caliber typically fired from a handgun. However, police still need help locating the shooter.

Mackey was walking through the parking lot of the Boathouse in Brandermill with his father, Bryan, around 9 p.m. Thursday to watch the fireworks. Brendon started to lag behind, then suddenly fell. His father thought he had passed out, but soon found a bullet wound to his head.

Brendon was rushed to VCU Medical Center where doctors tried to save his life. The family says the boy died around 11 a.m. on Friday.

Brendon was going to be in 3rd grade at C. E. Curtis Elementary in Chester. He was a student at Hopkins Elementary in Chesterfield this past school year. His parents say he loved golf and SpongeBob SquarePants.

Dozens made their way into a Brandermill church in Midlothian Sunday for a special service honoring Brendon. Funeral plans have not yet been set.

If you have any information about someone firing a gun in Brandermill the night of July 4th, call Crime Solvers at 748-0660, you can remain anonymous.

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