An Arizona shooting instructor died after the 9-year-old girl he was teaching to use an Uzi accidentally shot him in the head, according to the Associated Press.
Charles Vacca, 39, was standing next to the girl Monday morning, offering instruction at a shooting range in White Hill, about an hour southeast of Las Vegas, authorities told Phoenix station KTVK.
Mohave County Sheriff Jim McCabe told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the girl had safely fired the gun many times when it was set in the “single-shot” mode. But then the gun was put into fully automatic mode, and that’s when it recoiled and fired off multiple rounds. The girl lost control of the gun as it went above her head, and she shot Vaca.
“The guy just dropped,” McCabe told Review-Journal.
Vaca died after being airlifted to a hospital in Las Vegas, the Associated Press reported.
The girl was vacationing with her parents, from New Jersey, and was visiting Last Stop Arizona, where the Burgers and Bullets shooting range is located, the Review-Journal reported.
The shooting range’s Web site says the minimum age for the “ground adventure” is 8, and children ages 8 to 17 “must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian at all times.”
McCabe said that no charges will be filed in the incident.
Okay everybody get the colored ribbons out, lets start a ice bucket challenge for these people, lets talk about what a tragedy this is and how it could be prevented in the future. How about this assholes…not giving a goddamn Uzi to a 9 year old? This isn’t Red Dawn here people; Swayze isn’t teaching this girl how to survive the Commies, it’s people on vacation hoping to Facebook something to Grandma. I wouldn’t let a 9 year old hold a bottle of ketchup near me never mind a gun that can mow down the starting lineup of the Red Sox. Unless he whispered in her ear that “One Direction sucks“, I am guessing this is just a accident. Not a tragic accident, just an accident. A tragic accident would be if he only had one more day of work before retirement. We can look at the bright side of this accident, she will probably never have a issue with boys making fun of her. She will most likely be cast in the Expendables 4, and she can always say “remember that time in Arizona when I killed a guy“.
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I’d like to think the last thing that went through that instructors head, other than that bullet, was ‘what the hell am I doing helping a 9 year old girl shoot a stupid ass target? Well, at least I only got one more day til retirement’.