9-Year-Old Girl Accidentally Kills Gun Instructor With An Uzi
A 9-year-old girl who was at a shooting range near Las Vegas accidentally killed a gun instructor when he was trying to show her how to use an Uzi, The Los Angeles Times reports .
The gun kicked back and recoiled over her head as the girl was shooting. A bullet hit 39-year-old Charles Vacca in the head, according to a Mohave County Sheriff's Office press release .
An Uzi is an Israeli submachine gun.
Vacca was airlifted to a hospital after the accident happened, but he did not survive. The girl who shot him was from New York and on a trip to Nevada with her family.
Sam Scarmardo, who operates the shooting range, told CNN affiliate KLAS: "We really don't know what happened. Our guys are trained to basically hover over people when they're shooting. If they're shooting right-handed, we have our right-hand behind them ready to push the weapon out of the way. And if they're left-handed, the same thing."
There are some questionable posts on the shooting range's Facebook page (they seem to have disabled embedding their public posts):
The accidental shooting was captured on cellphone video, which was released by the sheriff's office.
Here's the clip on YouTube (the video cuts off before the fatal shot):
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