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Chesterfield PD: New lead in Mackey case, but no one in custody

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Chesterfield Police say they are following a new lead in the death of 7-year-old Brendon Mackey, but say they do not have anyone in custody or a person of interest in the case.

Police say they received the new lead while responding to a domestic situation involving a firearm. The firearm was taken from the home and sent for testing in connection with the case. The firearm is the eighth weapon to be tested in the Mackey case.

Chesterfield Police say they never use the term "person of interest." Mackey's father, Bryan, used the term to describe the new lead Thursday.

Mackey was struck in the head by a random bullet while on his way to watch fireworks in Brandermill back on July 4, 2013.

Throughout the investigation, detectives maintained the .40 caliber gun was fired within a one mile radius near The Boathouse restaurant where Mackey was killed.  The gun taken from the home on Breaker Point Road is about two miles away.

According to Chesterfield Police Captain Chris Hensley, this gun owner's name has come up before.

"His name was brought up based on the potential of having a .40 caliber weapon," Captain Hensley said. 

He won't go into what happened with that specific tip but said, "The canvas was approximately 1,800 homes we had a lot of people that had weapons that did not voluntarily turn those weapons over."

The mother of the seven-year-old Chesterfield boy killed by a stray bullet feels there is little hope police will find her son's killer, even with a new lead in the investigation.

"It's been really hard," says Brendon's mom Marie Harris.  "I think about him every day."

For Harris, sad reality is starting to sink in.  "I really don't think we're going to find the person at all," she said.  "Over time you just get those feelings and you just kind of, it's you know, just doing therapy on yourself ."

Harris says her focus remains on her other two children, especially her oldest daughter who shared a room with her little brother.

"Just seeing what she has to go through every day has been really hard," she said.

She says her one hope is that new tips will turn up now that the next Fourth of July celebration in Brandermill is just a few months away.

In August 2013, Chesterfield Police concluded a series of canvas efforts attempting to locate the gun, and individual, that fired the fatal shot. Hundreds of officers knocked on doors looking for leads. Seven guns were turned in.

In September, shell casings were discovered in Brandermill and were investigated, but ultimately had no connection to the shooting. By December, authorities stated they'd exhausted all leads in the search.

A bill sponsored by Senator Henry Marsh made its way through the General Assembly in January. The bill, known as Brendon's Law, increases the punishment for celebratory gunfire to between 5 to 40 years in prison. The Roanoke Times, citing a report by the Richmond-Times Dispatch, reported late Thursday night the bill had been signed into law by Governor Terry McAuliffe. 

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