Chesterfield neighbors on edge after 3 weekend gunfire reports

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CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WTVR) -- Three separate random gunfire incidents were reported this weekend in Chesterfield County.

One of the incidents occurred about a mile away from where 7-year-old Brendon Mackey was killed by random gunfire last July Fourth.

Several children were outside playing basketball in the Magnolia Green subdivision when they said they heard and felt a stray bullet zoom by.

"We were playing basketball and a bullet came past us," Peter Zuppa, a high school student, said Sunday.

Zuppa said he and his friends found the bullet next a bench near the basketball court.

For parents, including Zuppa's mother, the incident brings about increasing concerns.

"It could have been my son's life yesterday and that's what's playing in the back of my head," Peter's mom said. "Brendon Mackey was killed just a mile from here."

Right now, the General Assembly is considering passing Brendon's Law: a bill in memory of the 7-year old who was shot by a stray bullet that would penalize those who shoot random gunfire.

Dr. Rebecca Caffrey is the founder of Moms Demand Action in Virginia and is lobbying for the bill.

"Everyone suspects that the gunshots came from the same people/residence as previous incidents but no arrests were made last night," Caffrey said in a press release. "The desk sergeant at the local Chesterfield precinct didn't know anything about it when I called, which indicates to me they aren't taking this incident seriously."

The Virginia Defense League counters that, saying education over legislation would render more success.

Chesterfield Police are still investigating and have yet to confirm the reports of gunfire -- or if what Pete Zuppa actually found was a bullet.

Stay with CBS 6 for updates on this developing story.


  • Joshua

    dont say that the PD isnt taking it serious. maybe you aren’t taking it serious. what are you doing to help the issue!!!!

    They have calls for service for muders and domestic violence that will definately take priority over a stray bullet. YES it is a serious issue, but that cant white glove everyone within a 5 mile radius every time they hear something!

  • Jr

    Only 3? I live in Highland Park, I probably hear gunfire every few minutes every day. This is news because it’s Brandermill? Must be a slow news day.

  • Whitney elliott

    It’s news because a child died from a stray bullet near the same area. And I hope the police do take it seriously enough to question known idiots who fire off their guns near a neighborhood. What if a child gets hit by a stray bullet next week in the same area and it turns out the police didn’t follow up? I think we would see outrage instead of the above narrow minded “white glove” comment.

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