Lancaster couple headed to trial in accidental shooting that injured boy, 9

Elaine and Samoad Key

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – A Lancaster woman is headed to trial for an accidental shooting that critically injured her 9-year-old brother.

Elaine Key, 25, waived a preliminary hearing Thursday and allowed charges of aggravated assault, causing or risking a catastrophe, reckless endangerment, and conspiracy to proceed to county court.

Her husband, 30-year-old Samoad Key, also waived his hearing on counts of hindering apprehension and tampering with evidence. He is accused of hiding his wife’s gun on the roof of their home.

Jose Rentas
Jose Rentas

The couple and Key’s father, 46-year-old Jose Rentas, on April 5 were test-firing Elaine Key’s newly purchased .380-caliber handgun at a target in the basement, using as a backstop a hollow-core door propped in front of a window facing the sidewalk and street.

Mrs. Key fired a shot that went through the door and window and struck her brother in the back as he played on the sidewalk at his home in the 600 block of East Madison Street, police said.

The boy was released from a hospital last month.

Rentas also is charged with aggravated assault, causing or risking a catastrophe, reckless endangerment, and conspiracy. His preliminary hearing was rescheduled.

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