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Recording of 911 call Father of boy who shot self faces charges

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By Jesef Williams

The father of a boy who shot himself Tuesday morning now faces multiple drug charges.

Lancaster County sheriff's deputies say Jaron Tinsley's 5-year-old son shot himself in the shoulder while playing with his father's rifle inside their home on Winston Drive on Tuesday.

After the shooting, Tinsley, 25, took his son to a neighbor's house, where a woman called 911.

Here's an excerpt from that call:

Caller: "The little boy next door got shot in the arm."

Dispatch: "What did he get shot with?"

Caller: "A gun."

Dispatch: "What kind of gun, ma'am?"

Caller: "I don't know."

Dispatch: "Is he conscious?"

Caller: "Yes, he is. He's crying."

Dispatch: "Whose gun was it?"

Caller: "His father's."

Other witnesses told deputies they saw Tinsley leave the neighbor's house carrying a gun and run into the woods behind his home. He returned to the neighbor's house empty handed, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office incident report.

Deputies searched Tinsley's home and the woods and found an AK-47 with a 30-round clip, a 44-caliber pistol, various drugs, digital scales and cameras.

Tinsley has been charged with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

The sheriff's office has issued warrants for his arrest.

Tinsley said he was asleep when the gunshot was fired, according to an incident report.

Tinsley's friend, who was also in the house, started hollering and then ran outside, the report said.

The boy was flown to a Charlotte hospital and was released Wednesday, sheriff's office spokesman Tom Holland said.

He's now staying with other family members in the Lancaster area.

"He should be OK," Holland said. "He may lose some mobility in his arm."

Holland said the boy's mother lives at the house, but wasn't there when the incident occurred.

He said Tinsley may be charged with unlawful conduct toward a child.

There's another person of interest in this case.

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at jwilliams@thelancasternews.com or at 283-1152