Brendon Mackey, 7, was walking with his father to watch Fourth of July fireworks in Midlothian, Virginia last night when he was fatally shot in the head by a stray bullet.
“A large crowd had been gathering over by the reservoir to watch fireworks and a young boy, seven years old, was walking through the parking lot with his dad. He was a few step behind his dad and he fell to the ground,” Chesterfield County Police Capt. Brad Badgerow told WTVR-TV.
“Initially they thought he was just passed out. They saw some blood. They thought he may have hit his head. When medical personnel were treating him [at the hospital], they found what they believe to be a bullet wound in the top of his head."
Police believe the shooting was unintentional and the bullet was likely fired by an unknown person shooting into the air to celebrate Independence Day. Sadly, these types of shootings are not uncommon despite the yearly warnings not to fire guns in the air.
“This is a terrible situation. We want to reach out to the public to appeal to everybody who may have any information on this at all,” Capt. Badgerow said. “Put yourself in the family’s shoes and think about how terrible it is that they are going through this tragedy and reach out to us so we can help them.”
Police asked anyone who knows anything about the shooter to call the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251.