Officials: Instructor accidentally killed by girl

By From page B8 | August 27, 2014

DOLAN SPRINGS, Ariz. — An Arizona shooting instructor was accidentally shot and killed while showing a 9-year-old girl how to use an automatic Uzi, authorities said Tuesday.

Charles Vacca, 39, of Lake Havasu City, died Monday shortly after being airlifted to University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Mohave County sheriff’s officials said.

Vacca was standing next to the girl at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in White Hills when she pulled the trigger and the recoil sent the gun over her head, investigators said.

Authorities said the girl was at the shooting range with her parents. Her name was not released.

A woman who answered the phone at the shooting range said it had no comment. She did not provide her name.


The Associated Press

The Associated Press


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  • CD BrooksAugust 27, 2014 - 5:45 am

    Yeah, don't know where to begin here...

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  • Tired-of-itAugust 27, 2014 - 6:55 am

    I read this twice and I'm still speechless. I'll need to ponder this for a while and need more information. I would really like to hear a statement from the parents.

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  • CD BrooksAugust 27, 2014 - 7:13 am

    Tired-of-it, I had the exact same reaction! What the heck went on there? I agree, more information please!

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  • Tired-of-itAugust 27, 2014 - 8:18 am

    Yep, CD. The biggest question I have is was this the first time she ever handled a firearm, or is she perhaps a national youth pistol champion or something. It's very hard to form an opinion with no more pertinent information.

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  • PornacAugust 27, 2014 - 7:16 am

    Just collateral damage. We should have more guns and shooting ranges like this to properly instruct young folks.

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  • BobAugust 27, 2014 - 7:31 am

    I've got to agree, I'm stunned by the article Give a 9 year old child, with unknown experience, an automatic weapon, then stand behind her. This sounds like a scrip from Hollywood Natural selection at work

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  • rlw895August 27, 2014 - 8:27 am

    Aren't full auto Uzis illegal?

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  • GunnerAugust 27, 2014 - 9:34 am

    No, only illegal for ordinary citizens. Holders of special licenses can possess machine guns.

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  • http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/26368466/girl-accidentally-shoots-instructor-in-arizonaAugust 27, 2014 - 9:07 am

    Here is a disturbing video on the story...

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  • CD BrooksAugust 27, 2014 - 9:19 am

    If you look at the instant the video ends, you'll see her turn to the left and dude is standing there. UGH!.

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  • Tired-of-itAugust 27, 2014 - 1:34 pm

    It appears the girl wasn't really used to firing a firearm. The instructor is totally unprepared for what happens. His right hand is on her back and his left hand is open under the magazine. In that position, there's really no way for him to protect himself from the recoil travel. It appears to me everyone is at fault EXCEPT the girl. Unfortunately, she's the one who has to live with it. Putting an automatic weapon in the hands of someone unfamiliar with firearms is simply foolhardy, and in this case, deadly. Pity for all involved.

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