CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Chesterfield Police say they have narrowed their search for a shooter who killed a 7-year-old on 4th of July to about a one-mile radius.
Brendon Mackey was killed when he was struck by a bullet while walking with his father to a fireworks celebration at Sunday Park in Brandermill. Police believe the bullet was not intended for Mackey, but instead fired in celebration.
Their search for the shooter initially began with a five-mile radius, but their work with the FBI and ATF has narrowed the likely search to within a mile of the child's death, police said Monday. Ballistics experts have helped them determine the bullet was likely a 165-grain, full metal jacket bullet fired from a .40-caliber class handgun manufactured by Winchester.
Based on the angle the bullet struck Mackey, they believe the shooter was fired at a 50-70 degree angle. Other factors, such as wind speed, the bullet's speed and the exact angle make it hard to pinpoint the exact distance. However, police believe this new estimate will help them focus their search.
Officers have already knocked on hundreds of doors in their first pass of the area. They received dozens of tips, but so far there is no shell casing, no physical evidence and no suspects in the case.
They plan to go door-to-door again this week, but there are still 3,000 to 4,000 homes in the new one-mile radius, which includes Brandermill and Woodlake. Plus, the shooter may not even be living in the area.
Still, Chesterfield police say they will never give up their search for the shooter responsible for the deadly bullet. They urge anyone with information to call Crime Solvers at (804) 748-0660.