Chesterfield Police again ask for tips in 2013 shooting of 7-year-old Brendon Mackey

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — As the July 4th holiday approaches law officers would once again like to remind the public of of an unsolved crime that claimed the life of a 7-year old boy.

Shortly before 9 p.m. on July 4, 2013, 7-year old Brendon Mackey was walking in Sunday Park in the Brandermill neighborhood in Chesterfield County, holding hands with his father about to watch fireworks when a stray bullet struck and killed him. Authorities say the bullet was a .40 caliber class, full metal jacket.

Investigators are still looking for evidence to determine who fired the weapon that claimed the boy’s life; it’s an ongoing investigation.

“It’s the kind of thing that if you come forward and volunteer information we’re going to work with you but also we have to find someone, there’s not going to be much leverage, not much breathing room to work with you in court, ” said Chesterfield Detective Chris Rizzuti.

Authorities believe the bullet was fired randomly  into the air as a result of celebratory gunfire. Police would like to remind the public of a law named after Brendon was put into effect July 1, 2014. Brendon’s law makes celebratory gunfire resulting in injury a felony.

Rebecca Caffrey with Moms Demand Action said, “Every pop a child hears on the 4th of July should be fireworks not weapons fire.”

Caffrey added her group’s aim is not about gun control.

“Really it’s about stupidity control, and it’s about responsible gun ownership ,making choices to make you safer and neighbors safer,” said Caffrey.

Detectives continue to ask for the community’s help to bring forth information on this heart wrenching case. Mackey’s family and friends have established an additional reward fund for information that will close this case.

If you have information about this case or any unsolved crime in or fugitive wanted by Chesterfield County or Colonial Heights, call Crime Solvers at 748-0660. You can submit a tip online at and now through your mobile device by text message. Simply text the code “WATSON” plus your tip to CRIMES (274637). You will remain anonymous and won’t have to appear in court. If your tip is helpful to police you may be eligible for a cash reward up to $1000.

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