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This tragedy could have been prevented. So sad.

Boy Dies From Stray Bullet

According to Mail Online

A seven-year-old boy has died in hospital the day after being hit by a stray bullet as he walked to a July 4 fireworks display with his father.

Brendon Mackey was only a few steps behind his father when he collapsed in the car park of a Virginia restaurant at about 9pm.

It wasn’t until he was being treated in hospital that doctors discovered the gunshot wound in the top of Brendon’s head.

Police believe the shooting was an accident, and said it was possible someone near the Boathouse Restaurant in Midlothian had fired a gun in the air to celebrate Independence Day, according to CBS 6

We don’t think this was an intentional shooting. We think that somebody in or around the Brandermill area was celebrating the Fourth of July,’ Chesterfield Police Captain Brad Badgerow said.

‘Unfortunately we think they were shooting a gun in a reckless manner and this young boy is a victim.’

Brendon, who was due to join the 3rd grade at C. E. Curtis Elementary in Chester, had been walking to the crowded fireworks display at Swift Creek Reservoir in Brandermill when he suddenly collapsed to the ground, bleeding.

At first his father, Ryan Mackey, thought he had passed out and knocked his head.
Michelle Ryan, who lives near the reservoir, said: ‘I haven’t known this area to be violent or for people shoot guns.’

‘It’s really devastating,’ she told WTVR.

People need to listen to the police and stop these type of celebrations. Bullets do not discriminate.



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