MIDLOTHIAN, Va. (AP) -- A shell casing has been sent to the state lab as part of the Chesterfield police investigation into the Fourth of July death of an 8-year-old boy by a stray bullet.
Investigators have said Brendon Mackey was killed by a .40-caliber-style pistol, and media reports say it was .40-caliber shell casing they sent to the lab.
The child was struck as he walked with his father to a fireworks display. Police knocked on thousands of doors within a mile or more of Brendon's death, but said they found no one who could recall seeing anyone fire a weapon into the air.
The shell casing was found by residents walking along a trail. It was outside the area canvassed by police.
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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com
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