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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Shooting instructor dies after being accidentally shot by girl

A shooting instructor has died after a nine-year-old girl accidentally shot him in the head as he taught her how to use a sub-machine gun.

Charles Vacca, a father and veteran from Lake Havasu City, Arizona, was airlifted to hospital on Monday morning after the little girl shot him with a Uzi at an outdoor shooting range in Dolan Springs.

'Vacca was standing next to the girl while he was instructing her how to use the weapon when the accident happened,' a Mohave County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson told BNO News.

'Further investigations determined [that when] the girl pulled the trigger on the automatic Uzi, the recoil sent the gun over her head, and the victim was shot.'

Vacca was airlifted to University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he
died of his injuries around 9pm on Monday. An autopsy will now be carried out.

The nine-year-old girl, who has not been identified, was not injured. She was with her parents as they passed through the area on vacation.

The incident occurred at the Arizona Last Stop, which is about 25 miles south of Las Vegas, the Mohave County Sheriff's Office told AZFamily.

It is home to a shooting range, Bullets and Burgers. 'Our guests have the
opportunity to fire a wide range of fully automatic machine guns and specialty
weapons,' its website states. 'At our range, you can shoot FULL auto on our
machine guns. Let 'em Rip!'

When contacted by MailOnline, staff at Bullets and Burgers would not comment on the incident and referred questions to a nearby gun emporium, but would not say whether or not they were affiliated.

Arizona gun laws require a person to be at least 18 years old to carry a firearm, but the laws do not apply on private property or if the minor is accompanied by a parent or a certified instructor.

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