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Virginia Boy's Death Puts Focus on Celebratory Gunshots

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. (AP) - The death of a 7-year-old boy in Virginia by a stray bullet is drawing attention to the dangers of celebratory shooting.

The practice involves firing a weapon into the sky, often on New Year's Eve and July Fourth.

This summer, a bullet pierced Brendon Mackey's head as he went to a fireworks show in central Virginia. Brendon died the next day.

Police determined that the bullet was probably fired within a 5,200-foot radius. Investigators have knocked on hundreds of doors hoping to find the person who fired the fatal shot. No one has come forward.

A state senator is proposing "Brendon's Law" to curb celebratory shooting and to provide stiffer penalties for those who maim or injure others with stray bullets.

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