A 9-year-old girl accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use an automatic Uzi, according to Fox-10 Phoenix News.
Charles Vacca, 39, of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, died Monday shortly after being airlifted to University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Mohave County sheriff’s officials said Tuesday.
Vacca was standing next to the unnamed child at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in White Hills when she pulled the trigger and the recoil sent the gun over her head.
Eerie video released Tuesday by sheriff’s officials shows the 9-year-old, wearing a gray T-shirt and pink shorts, holding the firearm in both hands. Vacca, standing to her left, tells her to turn her left leg forward. The gun is nearly as tall as the girl holding it.
“All right, go ahead and give me one shot,” Vacca says. (His back is to the camera during the entire 27-second video.) He cheers as she fires one round at the target. “All right full auto,” Vacca says. The video, which does not show the actual incident, ends with a series of shots being heard.