Girl, 9, Loses Control of Uzi, Kills AZ Gun Instructor


A 9-year-old girl accidentally killed a shooting instructor at a gun range in White Hills, Ariz., as he was showing her how to use an Uzi machine gun, reports the Associated Press. Charles Vacca, 39, was standing next to the girl on an outdoor range at the Last Stop, a popular tourist attraction on U.S. Highway 93, when she pulled the trigger and the recoil sent the gun over her head, investigators said.

The Last Stop advertises a “Bullets and Burgers Adventure,” though the website was down Wednesday morning. Authorities said the girl, who was not identified, was at the shooting range with her parents. Ronald Scott, a Phoenix firearms safety expert, said most shooting ranges have an age limit and strict safety rules when teaching children to shoot. “You can’t give a 9-year-old an Uzi and expect her to control it,” Scott said.

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