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Old 08-26-2014, 08:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Arizona Shooting Range Instructor Killed by Girl With Uzi
By Hasani Gittens

A shooting range instructor in Arizona was accidentally shot and killed by a 9-year-old girl who was learning how to shoot an Uzi, authorities said on Tuesday.

Charles Vacca, 39, was teaching the girl how to use the automatic weapon on Monday morning at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in White Hills, Arizona, when she pulled the trigger and the kickback caused the gun to lurch over her head, investigators said.

Vacca was hit by a stray bullet and airlifted to University Medical Center in Las Vegas, where he was pronounced dead late Monday. The girl was at the range with her parents at the time, but their names were not released.

Sam Scarmardo, the manager for the Last Stop's shooting range, told NBC News that "the establish practice at most shooting ranges is 8 years old and up with parental supervision."

He said Vacca was a "great guy, with a great sense of humor" and called him "very conscientious and very professional."

Scarmardo said that the range has never had a similar incident in over a decade of being open — "not even a scratch."

"I just ask everybody to pray for Charlie, and pray for the client, she’s going to have a hard time," said Scarmardo.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety referred inquiries to the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, which didn't return calls for comment.

Ronald Scott, a Phoenix-based firearms safety expert, said most 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 told the Associated Press.
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That's to bad

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That's just a sad story for everyone involved.
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Yes very sad. But I gotta ask......why would you teach a 9 year old how to shoot an Uzi? To me that's awfully young (read weak) to be handling a fully auto weapon.
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I agree, teach them to shoot, both of mine were shooting 22's by the age of 5, but a full auto? Sorry I don't get that one. That little girl is my grand daughters age and she is going to need a lot of help to get through this.

But I'm with Jeff, God Bless Them Both.
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Allowing a 9 year old girl to fire an automatic weapon on her own was an error in judgement that came with a high price. I feel badly for all involved and hope others will learn from this incident and not repeat it.
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From the looks of the video he was in a very bad position for helping here shoot. Hind sight always 20/20.
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Can't wait for the parents to sue the gun range owner for the emotional stress that their daughter has/will go through.
Pretty fucking stupid to let a child fire a auto-loading weapon in the first place.....parents should be beaten severely!
This will surely help the anti-gun lobbyists effort to ban weapons.....fucking pisses me off!
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My guess is that weavers were signed to avoid litigation before any range sessions were done.
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