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Charles VaccaDOLAN SPRINGS, AZ – With a headline like that, you already knew it was from the US.

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.

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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:

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  • wastintime

    The combo meals should come with a helmet instead of a souvenir glass.

  • Well, I was going to quote the first line, but when I went to do so, I noticed a typo. Logged in to correct it, but someone’s already editing, so… I’ma just let you handle that.

    Or fix it later, which is the more likely conclusion.

    What kind of dumbshit parents want to introduce their 9-year-old to an Uzi? I love shooting ranges. Go as often as my budget allows. But the people who go for the thrill fucking terrify me. About a year ago when I was there, there was a group of Japanese tourists a couple lanes down that rented a .50 Desert Eagle and were getting blown back into each others arms and giggling.

    I left. Last think I want to share lane time with is a group of wafer-thin newbs waving around the biggest damn gun in the place.

  • CT

    Great, I guess I am going to have to rethink my kids’ next birthday party. Someone always has to go and ruin it for the rest of us.

  • CT

    Isn’t red meat killer enough? You had to add guns to it?

  • Malodorous

    LOL, all that talk of typos and then your last sentence…

  • waddadumchet

    “That’ll teach ’em to not interrupt me from playing with my dolls.”

  • I’m having terrible connection issues, making my already slack editing proces MORE slack. Even the headline was fucked. It did say Killed Instructor Dead, for God’s sake. Thanks for looking out for me, though. 😛

  • Are you talking about when “thing” was “think”? I do that all the fucking time for some reason. Like, a couple times a day. Can’t train myself out of it. Fingers are gonna do whatever they want sometimes. I also often switch “m” and “b”, which occasionally turns “submit” into “sumbit”, which I’m pretty sure is a cuss word in the deep south.

  • Malodorous

    Cool, so when I come visit you, I’ll switch your B and M keys on your keyboard for you.

  • Did it really say “Killed Instructor Dead”? Ohhhh… you should’ve left it like that!

  • Wouldn’t really matter. I have to watch it so carefully. Especially when sending out company-wide emails. “Booms” can be a treacherous word.

  • GradientDescent

    The “Darwin Award” comment is generally overused, but, in this case, spot on. …in more ways than one.

    A gun range supporting a blatantly unsafe practice – and an instructor allowing said unsafe practice – just got handed their cumulative asses in the form of an employee death. A 9-year-old girl has a registered kill that will likely forever haunt her. …and the parents have a one-of-a-kind vacation video that should do the same.

    The upside is that there is an insurance company that is about to write a very big check. They and the others serving ranges should then likely curb this practice. If not… let the natural selection process continue.

  • King A sshole

    Gotta eat what you kill honey.

  • wastintime

    Kill instructor dead is much more colourful and fun.
    Like when I tell my dog if he pisses on the floor again he will wake up dead.

  • wastintime

    Fuck it! Go for it, still less annoying than chuck up cheese.

  • wastintime

    I choked on my gum reading that!

  • DeweyCheatam would!

  • DeweyCheatam

    Really high price to pay for a stupid mistake, and I feel badly for the man’s children. But c’mon, what fucking moronic parents think it’s an acceptable idea to have a 9 y/o handling an Uzi? And what kind of idiot “instructor” is so fucking lackadaisical under those circumstances? He won’t be making that mistake again. :/

  • Buffettgirl

    Well there go the plans to have the 9 year old handle the grenade launcher…

  • tdavid6

    I was thinking the same thing… we should just let the gene pool chlorinate itself.

  • jansav

    That’s what you get for letting a nine year old fire a gun like that. Stupid people die in predictable ways.

  • NoBS

    I’ve yet to meet a fire arms instructor who allows a child under 14 fire full auto, even a 22cal AR15.

    Sorry to say that Charles Vacca has now assulted this child with a mind fuck that she will carry to her dieing days.

  • DeweyCheatam

    Maybe just let the 9 y/o smoke a joint, drop some acid, shoot some heroin, and swig some whiskey first ….

  • NoBS

    CNN would have included the child’s age, minus a couple of years for the sensationalism.
    “7 year old Baby Murdered Instructor Dead”
    MSNBC follow up:
    TEA party arming 7 year old’s to murder teachers.

  • Buffettgirl

    I thought all of that was a given… =)

  • thebossessecretary

    Jesus, that poor little girl.

  • CT

    I was there two weeks ago. My left eye is still twitching.

  • Chinchillazilla

    Gee, whoever could have seen that one coming?

  • Bleddyn

    It was the Hudge Demon that got em.

  • HAL 9000

    In keeping with the media stereotypes, FOX News would lead with ‘Obama Administration has no answers to 9-year old gunning down instructor’

  • tkaz

    My daughter HATES guns. When we introduced the kids to them she was 12 or so, our son was 6. We went out to an area of the desert that coincidentally isn’t too far away from this shooting range & my husband & father-in-law instructed them.
    She was SO against it that I can’t help but imagine this girl could’ve been as well and then…boom. Messed up for life, against the 2nd Amendment, become a Democrat.

  • nay88

    I bet the whole video is on bestgore. And does anyone know what happened to cnns comment sections?

  • alohafuckers

    What’s her alibi? I bet it has holes.

  • Quasimodem1969

    “Bullets and Burgers?” I’d hate to see the accidents which happen at “Gyros and Grenades.”

  • Vincents_Sin

    *slow clap*

  • ShelbySP

    Damn, too bad he didn’t have a gun to protect himself.

  • NoBS

    That’s only because the MSM could not get on Obama’s exclusive Golf course because they are only peasants and low info voters.
    Too bad, media access to this adim means you contribute at least 35K to the Democrats.
    Hell, even Fox interns know better than to donate 35 cents to a Republican, even if they are Socialist RINO’s.
    Your point?

  • Vesper Bond

    I can’t handle an Uzi. Who in their right mind allows a nine year old girl access to an uzi? A relative of mine rents out 4×4 all terrain vehicles and he has a strict age limit and doesn’t give a damn if the kid has a relative: no kid under 15 can ride one. Perhaps this would be wise for the range to think about.

    I pity the little girl: she’ll have to deal with this for the rest of her life

  • Stormclouds

    Recoil is hard for adults to adapt to, a frigging nine year old? Hey, does this count as a retroactive darwin award? I mean, this guy was a gun instructor, how in hell was he that much of a moron?

    And now, of course, the poor kid has to live with the aftermath of killing someone…

  • Iknowbetter

    The shooting should have rules about allowing a child so long to handle a gun. And the Father should be held accountable.

  • t0ofIy

    that story about the Japanese tourists is too funny.. and scary.

  • JohnQknowitall

    I hope Bibles were available.

  • t3chsupport

    We happened.

  • McDanel_1771

    And the man’s wife and kids.

  • McDanel_1771

    It was his employers, the range owners, who had the “kid friendly” policy. The parents came, they paid, and Mr. Vacca’s job was to instruct her.

  • McDanel_1771

    The parents are at the heart of this. Feel free to correct me if I misheard, but there’s some 27 minutes of this video her parent’s took of their little girl learning to kill. I mean, it’s not a wildlife target they have up, or a plain bullseye, so I’m not making an assumption in that regard. Just seems to me in her child’s mind that her parents looking on and filming could have been a lot of pressure, and that’s before we even get to the stupidity of the range being “kid friendly”, much less allowing a child to handle a fully-automatic any damn thing.
    I learned to shoot a revolver at age 7, taught by a relative. Just the 2 of us out in the country, I learned to shoot a can off a post from a distance of about 6-8 feet. That was all I needed to know, and there would have been no rational reason for me to know how to fire, say, a .45 ca. Thompson fucking Machine gun!

  • McDanel_1771

    I disagree about the father, Mr. Vacca. He was an employee, it’s the owners of the range that allow children. The parents paid, Vacca had to do his job.

  • Guest

    and the man. lmao

  • Allisonn

    And the man, lmfao

  • Steve

    There was already a follow up article stating that many gun ranges had decided to change their minimum age to 12 years old. Seems like a no brainer but it took some guy losing his to make people think maybe giving a 9 year old girl an uzi with adult recoil wasn’t the best idea.

  • cedric

    Bullets And Burgers

    – sounds legit.

    Gave the place street cred … all the local gang bangers will eat there now.

    Gotta break a few eggs to make an omelet.

    Never mix food with bullets in a name – it confuses people …

  • EmilyClocke

    I think the parents should be charged with child abuse for letting their kid use the uzi. That little girl has to go the rest of her life knowing she killed someone, plus she was right next to him when he took multiple bullets rapid fire into his head, meaning she was right there watching as his head exploded. Her parents behaved very cruelly towards their daughter when they allowed her to operate an uzi.

  • America…Fuck Yeh!

  • JohnQknowitall

    Doesn’t anyone who works for the owners of this and other establishments like it monitor the actions guests during their visits? Given the price of some guns and that the guns are loaded, them must be a boatload of surveillance cams installed in various locations for insurance reasons.

  • thinkaboutit75

    Every 9 year old should know how to shoot an Uzi…great training dad!!