3 family members charged after Lancaster boy, 9, shot in back

Left to right: Jose Rentas, Elaine Key and Samoad Key

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – Police have filed charges against the father, sister and brother-in-law of a 9-year-old boy who was critically injured in an accidental shooting Easter Sunday.

Jose Rentas, 46, and Elaine Key, 25, are charged with aggravated assault, causing or risking a catastrophe, reckless endangerment, and conspiracy. Key’s husband, 30-year-old Samoad Key, faces counts of hindering apprehension, tempering with evidence, and firearms offenses, city police announced Thursday.

Investigators said the three were test-firing Elaine Key’s newly purchased .380 caliber handgun at a target in the basement during a family gathering, using as a backstop a hollow-core door propped in front of a window facing the sidewalk and street.

Key fired a single shot that went through the door and window and struck her brother, who was on the sidewalk just outside the basement window in the 600 block of East Madison Street.

A UGI gas meter was adjacent to the door, but in the direction the shot was fired, and could have easily been struck by a bullet, police said in a news release.

While Rentas drove his son to a hospital, Samoad Key took his wife home and hid the gun on the roof, where it was recovered by police.

Another woman, 19-year-old Audrianna Trees of Mount Joy, was charged with obstruction of justice after police said she caused a disturbance while Rentas was arrested.

The 9-year-old boy continues to recover from the gunshot wound at a hospital.

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