A 9-year-old girl was with her family at Bullets and Burgers shooting range to enjoy some cheeseburgers and semi-automatic weapons when the girl accidentally shot her gun instructor in the head with an Uzi.
It happened Monday morning as the girl’s gun instructor, 39-year-old Charles Vacca, was giving her instructions on how to shoot an Uzi. As Vacca hovers over her, he has the girl fire a single shot before switching the weapon to “fully automatic” mode.
When the girl fires again, the recoil causes her to lose control of the gun while still squeezing off shots. Her arm veers sharply up and to the left, striking Vacca at least once in the head. He would die later that night after being rushed to the hospital.
“The guy just dropped,” Mohave County Sheriff Jim McCabe said, adding that no citations will be issued and no charges will be filed as the shooting range is a licensed and legal operation.
‘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,’ operator Sam Scarmardo said.
Some have noted that Vacca was not properly situated behind the girl while others have pointed out the more obvious: “You can’t give a 9-year-old an Uzi and expect her to control it,” said Ronald Scott, a Phoenix-based firearms safety expert.
Four years ago we reported on a very similar incident, after 8-year-old Christopher Bizilj accidentally shot himself in the head while firing an Uzi at a fair.
Here’s some edited video of this latest incident moments before Vacca, a father and veteran, was killed:Tags: Accident, Arizona, Charles Vacca, Crime, gun, gun range, Shooting, Uzi