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Nine-year-old girl accidentally kills shooting instructor with an Uzi

Shooting instructor Charles Vacca, 39, of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, was accidentally shot to death with an Uzi on the morning of Aug. 25 at an outdoor shooting range in White Hills, Arizona, by a nine-year-old girl he was teaching at the time. Deputies were called to the Last Stop shooting range Monday around 10 a.m., according to a press release from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office.

When she pulled the trigger, the Uzi recoiled and the young girl lost control of the weapon, shooting her instructor in the head.
When she pulled the trigger, the Uzi recoiled and the young girl lost control of the weapon, shooting her instructor in the head.
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The release stated that the nine-year-old student, whose parents were present at the shooting range for the instructional Uzi session, accidentally shot her instructor in the head. Vacca was choppered to a hospital in Las Vegas, but was pronounced deceased from his injuries Monday evening at the University Medical Center at 8:56 p.m. The young student’s name is not being released.

“Vacca was standing next to the girl while he was instructing her how to use the weapon when the accident happened.

Further investigations determined the girl pulled the trigger on the automatic Uzi, the recoil sent the gun over her head and the victim was shot.”

Fox News reported that according to a firearms safety expert based out of Phoenix, Ronald Scott, most shooting ranges have age limits regarding students, and that strict safety rules are generally in place regarding teaching youngsters how to properly use weapons. In the case of high-powered weapons like Uzis, Scott said that instructors normally keep their hands on the weapons – even when the young students are actually pulling the trigger. Scott added, "You can't give a 9-year-old an Uzi and expect her to control it."

In the moments leading up to and including the tragic and accidental shooting, Vacca’s instructional session with the girl was actually being videotaped. Officials with the Mohave County Sheriff's Office posted that video to YouTube. The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office in Nevada will be overseeing Vacca’s autopsy.

"All right, go ahead and give me one shot," he tells the girl, whose back is to the camera during the entire 27-second video. He then cheers when she fires one round at the target.

"All right full auto," Vacca says. The video, which does not show the actual incident, ends with a series of shots being heard. ~ Newsday