Tragedy struck at a shooting range in Arizona on Monday as a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed her shooting instructor while she was learning to use an Uzi submachine gun. The edited clip above shows the girl and 39-year-old instructor Charles Vacca moments before the incident, which happened at the Bullets and Burgers outdoor shooting range in White Hills, Arizona.
The girl lost control of the weapon and shot Vacca in the head, who was airlifted to University Medical Center in Las Vegas but later died of his injuries. A spokesman from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said:
Vacca was standing next to the girl while he was instructing her how to use the weapon when the accident happened. 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.
The child and her parents, from New Jersey, were on vacation when they were passing through the area and visited the range. On the Bullets and Burgers website it states: "Our guests have the opportunity to fire a wide range of fully automatic machine guns and specialty weapons. At our range, you can shoot FULL auto on our machine guns. Let 'em Rip!"
People on Twitter were quick to question why a 9-year-old was allowed to handle an Uzi.
Why the [email protected]#*k would you teach a 9 year old to fire an Uzi?!!
Even people who are pro gun.
Gun laws in Arizona state that a person must be at least 18 years old to possess or carry a firearm. However, that doesn't apply if the juvenile is on private property or with a parent or certified safety instructor.