PA - 9-year-old shot during 'test firing' in family home

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  1. zwiebel

    zwiebel New Member

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    A nine-year-old boy was shot in the back and critically wounded at his home in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Sunday.

    Police say a family member was in the basement 'test firing' a gun when a bullet went through a door and hit the child, who was standing outside the residence.

    Investigations are continuing but police do not suspect a crime at this time.

    http://abc27.com/2015/04/05/child-shot-in-lancaster/
     
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  3. stormshine

    stormshine Member

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    How is reckless handling of a firearm which results in someone's death not a crime?
     
  4. SugarQueen

    SugarQueen Well-Known Member

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    I think the child is in critical condition not deceased. For me that doesn't change a thing. It was still a stupid, reckless act. I totally agree with you.
     
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    EllieBee Former Member

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    What a bunch of maroons. What part of ANY of this story seemed like a good idea?

    Ima venture a guess there was some inebriation involved......more to come.
     
  7. al66pine

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    From http://www.wgal.com/news/lancaster-father-charged-in-9yearold-sons-shooting/32286264 April 10.

    "Officials say Elaine was "showing off" a .380-caliber handgun. A police news release provides an account of what they say happened next."

    From LE news release:
    "Upon the suggestion of her father, Jose Rentas, all three of these subjects(Jose, Elaine and her husband Samoad) went to the basement for the purpose of test firing the handgun there. Elaine Key then fired a single shot from this handgun at a previously set up target in the basement, which was set up in front of a propped up door, directly in front of a window, which led to the sidewalk/street and ultimately to homes across the street. The round from the handgun went through this hollow core door(which was essentially being used as a back stop for the target), then through the window in the basement and struck the child, who was on the sidewalk just outside of the basement window. Within 2-3 feet of this door, where the bullet entered, there is a UGI Gas Meter, which is adjacent to the door, but in the direction in which the shot was fired and could have easily been struck by a bullet, but fortunately was not."

    Q's, poss relevant to charges:
    -Who did gun belong to?
    -Who set up the target before they all went to basement?
    -Were any of the three prohibited by law from owning or having custody of a handgun/firearm?
    -Were there indications of previous shooting events in basement or elsewhere in house? By these 3?

    Q's, idle curiousity
    -If PA or city or co req's registration and/or licensing, did owner comply w that reqmt?
    -Had gun been reported as lost or stolen?

    CHARGES:
    -"Authorities have charged the boy's father, 46-year-old Jose Rentas, with reckless endangerment and aggravated assault, among other charges." from above link.
    - no specifics re charges for boy/ victim's sister-shooter, altho she was "showing off" gun before.
    -"Samoad Key [boy/victim's sister's husband] is accused of taking the gun back to his home and hiding it on the roof."

    ^bbm sbm^

    The child is still listed in "critical condition." Sad, sad, sad, that he is in that condition.
    And if any of the three purported adults had put brain into gear for 10 sec before shooting,
    the boy could be playing on sidewalk w friends now, instead of hosp.
    JM2cts.
     
  8. tangelo

    tangelo New Member

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    too bad she missed the gas meter
     
  9. iamnotagolem

    iamnotagolem Active Member

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    Seriously? How many other innocent people could have lost their lives if there was an explosion?
     
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    Sonya610 Former Member

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    No great loss if the house blew up. Some people really are too stupid to live, and these folks appear to qualify.
     
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    zwiebel New Member

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    http://cumberlink.com/news/local/ca...cle_547dc36c-6b8d-5103-ae1c-6bc86c59a62e.html
     

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