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

Wed, August 27, 2014 4:20pm EDT by 11 Comments 65,397 Article Views

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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Eviii

Posted at 6:31 PM on August 28, 2014  

I’m so shocked, this is so disturbing.

À nine year old with an UZI???
A nine year old and children as young as five with an automatic rifle?
Children learning how to shoot an uzi… Really?

I’m so glad I live in a place where guns are forbidden.
Children should never get their hands on weapons like that, lesson or not.

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Z-Man

Posted at 3:01 AM on August 28, 2014  

Sad story…. worse thing here is the police department releasing the video after seizing the phone… shiz-nit happens… sad but real… don’t give me a 9 year old shouldn’t have a gun lesson by a professional. .. but we all flip when 1 out of thousands of examples go wrong

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Sophia Keenesburg

Posted at 4:54 AM on August 28, 2014  

Come on … this shooting club even allows 5 year olds to learn to shoot …..
I sure hope NOT with an Uzi at full automatic

This is not shit happens …………. this is total madness!

What is next 5 year olds to learn driving an 18wheeler?

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Buck

Posted at 1:24 AM on August 28, 2014  

Natural selection at it again….weeding out process continues.

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Posted at 12:04 AM on August 28, 2014  

Stupid parents for allowing this. Feel bad for his family.

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Rick

Posted at 11:31 PM on August 27, 2014  

Burgers and bullets? What has happened to this country?

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Ray

Posted at 9:11 PM on August 27, 2014  

It is bad enough that the instructor lost his life, but also that this little girl ( parents to) is probably severely traumatized and will have to live with this the rest of her life. A girl that small and with the maturity level being that of a 9 yr. old should have never been allowed to fire a fully automatic weapon. The instructor should have at least stood behind her and assisted her hands on in gripping and firing the weapon.

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Debi

Posted at 7:57 PM on August 27, 2014  

Why in the world does a 9’year old girl need to shoot a fully automatic gun… That is so crazy. Now because her parents insisted she did this she had to live with the fact she killed someone..

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dara

Posted at 9:18 PM on August 27, 2014  

My thoughts exactly.

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nicky1985824

Posted at 4:06 PM on August 29, 2014  

I’m not familiar with the US law system, but I think the parents should be charged and sentenced to serious jailtime. Or the CPS should take the girl away from them. They are clearly not fit to raise children. The US gun law must be a joke if it allows children this young or younger to even touch a weapon not to mention fire it. I think the owner of this “fine” establishment should be punished as well for letting childen on the range. This person is clearly an irresponsible idiot and the authorities should revoke their permit immediately.

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dionte08

Posted at 7:09 PM on August 27, 2014  

Why is a nine year old learning how to shoot a gun? This child and all children should be having fun as children, skating, fishing, dodge ball, jump rope……… This is one sick ass world we live in.

America is damn near becoming a third world country if we don’t get a hold on it.

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