9 Year Old Kills Gun Instructor
A 9-year-old New Jersey girl on vacation with her parents accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use an automatic Uzi, authorities said Tuesday.
39 year old Charles Vacca 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 released cell phone video Tuesday showing the moments before the incident occurred.
Authorities said the girl, whose name was not released, was at the shooting range with her parents. The family is from New Jersey and were on vacation.
The owner of the range Sam Scarmardo says instructors are trained to push weapons out of the students’ hands if something goes wrong, but it’s unclear what happened in this case.
Investigators said no laws were broken. In Nevada and Arizona, it’s up to the gun range to allow a particular minor to fire a gun, CBS News reported.
Scarmardo said kids 8 and older were allowed to shoot firearms, but as a result of the accident, the range has changed it policy.
Shooters now have to stand at least 5 feet tall or be at least 12 years old.
Vacca was a husband, a veteran and popular in the community.