Police: 9-year-old accidently shoots, kills gun instructor with Uzi

DOLAN SPRINGS, Ariz. - A 9-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed her shooting instructor Monday in northern Arizona, authorities said Tuesday.

According to the Mohave County Sheriff's Office, the 9-year-old was at Last Stop, an outdoor shooting range, in Dolan Springs Monday morning learning how to use an automatic Uzi.

The girl pulled the trigger and the recoil sent the gun over her head and the instructor was then shot in the head. He was flown to a medical center in Las Vegas, but did not survive.

MCSO identified the victim as Charles Vacca, 39, of Lake Havasu City. He was pronounced deceased at 8:56 p.m. Monday.

Authorities said the girl was at the shooting range with her parents. Her name was not released.

A woman who answered the phone at the shooting range said it had no comment. She did not provide her name.

It is not known if the range had an age limit on shooting or if the girl was going through a safety class.

Ronald Scott, a Phoenix-based firearms safety expert, said most shooting ranges have an age limit and strict safety rules when teaching children to shoot. He said instructors usually have their hands on guns when children are firing high-powered weapons.

"You can't give a 9-year-old an Uzi and expect her to control it," Scott said.

An autopsy will be performed by the Clark County Medical Examiners' Office in Nevada.

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