Girl, 9, Accidentally Shoots Her Gun Instructor Dead With An Uzi

Wed, August 27, 2014 4:20pm EDT by 12 Comments

How young is too young to be learning how to shoot a gun? Sadly, a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot her instructor in the head after the UZI she was learning how to shoot recoiled in the wrong direction.

Charles Vacca, 39, was shot in the head and killed by a 9-year-old girl he was giving shooting lessons to. The little girl was learning how to shoot a submachine gun known as an “UZI” when the gun recoiled in her small hands and fired off in his direction. Awful.

Little Girl Accidentally Kills Her Gun Instructor At Shooting Range

Wow. This is just terrible.

On Monday, Aug. 25, a 9-year-old girl was learning how to shoot an “UZI” gun at a shooting range in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her parents watched on proudly until tragedy struck — the submachine gun she was holding with two hands recoiled and fired towards her instructor, Charles.

That’s when Charles was shot in the head by one of the stray bullets. He later died from his injuries after being flown by helicopter to University Medical Center, reports ABC News.

UPDATE: Burgers & Bullets: Shooting Range Closes After Girl, 9, Kills Instructor

In the video above, you can see the final moments between Charles and the little girl before the horrific tragedy occurs. The little girl holds the UZI gun steady with both hands as Charles adjusts her stance, and she is allowed to fire one shot — which she does.

Charles tells her that she did “good” and allows the gun to go into “full auto” — making it an automatic weapon. When she fires again, the recoil causes the gun to turn to the left just enough to catch Charles with a bullet. Thankfully, that part of the video has been cut out.

According to the report, many gun ranges allow children as young as 8 years old to take lessons. The owner of Burgers and Bullets, where Charles was shot and killed, revealed that they have taught children as young as 5 years old.

The little girl will not be charged in Charles’ death.

Our thoughts go out to Charles’ family during this difficult time.

— Lauren Cox

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