In Arizona, a Young Girl Accidentally Kills Her Shooting Instructor [Video]

In Arizona, a Young Girl Accidentally Kills Her Shooting Instructor

In Arizona, a young girl, age 9, accidentally kills her shooting instructor while he was instructing her on how to properly shoot an automatic Uzi, stated Arizona State Police. Charles Vacca, age 39, died on Monday around 9 p.m. after he was flown by helicopter to a medical center in Las Vegas, according to officials of the Mohave County sheriff’s office.

Vacca was standing beside the child at the outdoor shooting range in the White Hills area of Arizona when she pulled the trigger. The recoil sent the gun over the top of her head, explained law enforcement. It happened about 10 a.m.

The girl’s parents were filming the incident from their cell phone on Monday morning. The video, which was released on Tuesday by sheriff’s officials, shows the girl in pink shorts and a gray tee shirt with her hair pulled back in a lengthy braid. She has the Uzi in both of her hands. Vacca is to the left side of her and is heard telling her to turn her left leg forward.

He informs her to go ahead and give it one shot. The girl, whose back is to the camera during the entire nearly 30-second video, fires one round at the target and Vacca gives her a cheer. Next the instructor can be heard saying to the girl to do “full auto.” What proceeds is a series of shots being heard. The video does not show the actual event.

Arizona law enforce stated that the child was at the shooting range with her parents. Her name has not been released to the public. A woman who was taking phone calls at the shooting range stated no one there was giving any comments to the public and she did not give her own name either. It is unknown if the range had any sort of age limit on who was allowed to shoot or if the girl was participating in a gun safety class.

Ronald Scott, who is a firearms safety professional, explained that the majority of shooting ranges have an age restriction and strict safety rules when they are instructing children to shoot. He stated that instructors most often have their hands on the guns when youngsters are firing any sort of high-powered weapons.

Arizona law enforcement investigated the cell phone as part of the inquiry into the shooting. Vacca had been an instructor for around 18 months at the shooting range. It lies close to the Nevada border on the western edge of the state. It has been in business for nearly 15 years and the range allows shooters to fire high-powered weapons but up until now had never had a single person even “get a scratch.”

The outdoor shooting range was closed down for business on Monday after the accident occurred but it reopened as usual on Tuesday. The official manner and cause of Vacca’s death will not be given out until after an autopsy is performed on Tuesday stated the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office of Nevada.

Gun expert Scott declared that a person cannot give a 9 year old child an Uzi and expect the kid to be able to control it. Sadly that is exactly what happened when a young girl accidentally killed her shooting instructor while he was instructing her on how to properly use an automatic Uzi, stated Arizona State Police

By Kimberly Ruble


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