A tragic story has come out of a shooting range just outside of Las Vegas as a nine-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed her shooting instructor. The Washington Post reported on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, that the girl lost control of the Uzi the instructor was teaching her how to use and a stray bullet ending up striking him in the head and killing him.
There has been a short 30-second video that's been released online with the events leading up to the shooting, and it does not show the instructor, 39-year-old veteran Charles Vacca, being shot.
The incident happened at a place called Bullets and Burgers, where children between the ages of eight and 17 can shoot a weapon if they've got a parent or guardian with them.
The video does show a young girl in pink shorts and with a ponytail listening to a man dressed in camouflage pants teaching her how to hold the Uzi. After a few seconds, he hands the gun to the girl and she fires off a few shots in single-shot mode.
He then can be heard saying, "All right. Full auto!" An array of bullets come firing out of the gun, the girl screams, and the video then stops.
CNN reports that the gun then recoiled to the left over the child's head as she lost control of it. The video, made by someone not identified, then cuts off.
Operator of Bullets and Burgers, Sam Scarmardo, has said that the girl in the video was a tourist from the Northeast, but nothing more was said about her. Scarmardo released a statement:
"We really don't know what happened," he said. "Our guys are trained to basically hover over people when they're shooting. If they're shooting right-handed, we have our right-hand behind them ready to push the weapon out of the way. And if they're left-handed, the same thing."