Girl, 9, accidentally kills shooting instructor with Uzi

DOLAN SPRINGS, AZ - A 9-year-old girl accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use an automatic Uzi , authorities said.

According to the Mohave County Sheriff's Office, the 9-year-old was at Last Stop, an outdoor shooting range, in Dolan Springs Monday morning.

The girl pulled the trigger and the recoil sent the gun over her head and the instructor was then shot in the head. He was flown to University Medical Center in Las Vegas, but did not survive.

The sheriff's office identified the victim as Charles Vacca, 39, of Lake Havasu City. He was pronounced deceased at 8:56 p.m. Monday.

It is not known if the range had an age limit on shooting or if the girl was going through a safety class.

Ronald Scott, a Phoenix-based firearms safety expert, said most shooting ranges have an age limit and strict safety rules when teaching children to shoot. He said instructors usually have their hands on guns when children are firing high-powered weapons.

"You can't give a 9-year-old an Uzi and expect her to control it," Scott said.

An autopsy will be performed by the Clark County Medical Exmainer's Office in Nevada.

Dolan Springs is located about 36 miles northwest of Kingman, Ariz.



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