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The fateful seconds before 9-Y-O girl accidentally shot her gun instructor dead with an Uzi: Video of child losing control of submachine gun after being told to go 'full auto' is released by cops

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  • Charles Vacca, a father and army veteran, was assisting the little girl at a shooting range just south of Las Vegas on Monday morning
  • She pulled the trigger of an automatic Uzi and the recoil sent the gun over her head, shooting Vacca
  • He was airlifted to hospital but died on Monday evening
  • Girl was with her parents at Bullets and Burgers shooting range on vacation from New Jersey
  • No charges are to be filed because Bullets and Burgers is licensed and legal

Tragic: This screen grab shows the split second before the nine-year-old girl shoots Charles Vacca in the head. In the frame, the girl can clearly be seen to have lost her double handed grip on the Uzi as it recoils after firing. Her left hand is prized free as bullets fire (seen hitting behind the target circled in red). The gun is in her right hand and is clearly moving towards Vacca

Tragic: This screen grab shows the split second before the nine-year-old girl shoots Charles Vacca in the head. In the frame, the girl can clearly be seen to have lost her double handed grip on the Uzi as it recoils after firing. Her left hand is prized free as bullets fire (seen hitting behind the target circled in red). The gun is in her right hand and is clearly moving towards Vacca

These images show the seconds before a nine-year girl accidentally shot her gun instructor dead on Monday.

Recorded at the Bullets and Burgers shooting range in White Hills, Arizona, the edited 22-second clip plays up to the point where the girl loses control of an Uzi, striking 39-year-old Charles Vacca.

The shocking recording taken by the girl's parents and released by police shows Vacca standing closely next to the girl when the gun recoiled as she fired on full automatic mode.

As the clip unfolds, Vacca is seen to instruct the girl to hold the weapon with two hands at all times and to take a perpendicular stance to the target.

Then Vacca asks her to fire one shot for him, which she does.

Then, Vacca tells the girl to adjust her stance and squeeze the trigger to let off a volley, but something goes wrong when she fires a second time.

His last words to the girl are: 'Alright, full auto.'

The girl loses her two-handed grip on the weapon and it pulls to her left, striking Vacca in the head.

Charles Vacca, a father and veteran from Lake Havasu City, Arizona, was airlifted to hospital on Monday morning after the little girl shot him but died that evening.

Mohave County Sheriff Jim McCabe said the full video of the incident was 'ghastly'.

Watch Video Here (Does not show fatal shot)

9-year-old girl accidentally kills shooting instructor with Uzi
Instructions: Charles Vacca, a father and veteran from Lake Havasu City, Arizona, teaches the 9-year-old girl how to handle the Uzi
Instructions: Charles Vacca, a father and veteran from Lake Havasu City, Arizona, teaches the 9-year-old girl how to handle the Uzi

Instructions: Charles Vacca, a father and veteran from Lake Havasu City, Arizona, teaches the 9-year-old girl how to handle the Uzi

First shot then pause: The nine-year-old fires one shot as instructed and then prepares to fire again (right) before the tragedy unfolded
First shot then pause: The nine-year-old fires one shot as instructed and then prepares to fire again (right) before the tragedy unfolded

First shot then pause: The nine-year-old fires one shot as instructed and then prepares to fire again (right) before the tragedy unfolded

He said that the girl had successfully fired the weapon several times before when it was set on 'single shot' mode.

However, the horrific accident unfolded in a split second when the Israeli made weapon was set to 'full-automatic mode' and caused Vacca his fatal injuries.

'The guy just dropped,' McCabe said of Vacca, who suffered more than one gunshot to the head.

McCabe told the Las Vegas Review Journal that no charges will be filed because Bullets and Burgers is licensed and legal as an operation.

Killed: Charles Vacca, pictured right, was accidentally shot in the head on Monday as he helped a nine-year-old girl handle a submachine gun at an Arizona shooting range. He passed away on Monday night

Killed: Charles Vacca, pictured right, was accidentally shot in the head on Monday as he helped a nine-year-old girl handle a submachine gun at an Arizona shooting range. He passed away on Monday night

'It's so easy for us to go back and look at something that's very tragic and say, 'Boy! Why did that occur? That should not have happened because of,'' said McCabe to Fox News.

'Well, maybe from now on, that 'because of' will be in place.'

A spokeswoman with Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said they were shocked by the shooting.

'This is a rarity for something like this to happen,' the spokeswoman said to the LA Times.

Vacca was airlifted to University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he died of his injuries around 9pm on Monday. An autopsy will now be carried out.

The nine-year-old girl, who has not been identified, was not injured. She was with her parents as they passed through the area on vacation from New Jersey.

The range operator at Bullets and Burgers told KLAS-TV he was shocked by the incident.

Veteran: Vacca, a staff sergeant, is pictured right with his best friend Robert Vera when they served

Veteran: Vacca, a staff sergeant, is pictured right with his best friend Robert Vera when they served

'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.

Social media was incredulous about the tragic accident, with most people posting comments as to why a nine-year-old was allowed to fire an automatic weapon.

Liz Matthews of the John Clayton Show on 710 ESPN in Seattle said, 'A story involving a nine-year-old shooting an UZI at a place called Burgers and Bullets would have been appalling enough. Horrifying.'

Nikki Bateman simply asked, 'why you'd even let a nine year old handle a gun in the first place?!'

Cameron Atfield directed his anger at the parents stating he 'hoped the parents are charged.'

Friends paid tribute to Vacca, an army veteran and a married father, as a great friend and soldier on Facebook. Best friend Robert Vera said they often laughed so much that they couldn't breathe.

'He became a brother and a major part of my life through thick and thin,' Vera said. 'Rest In Peace brother.'

Vacca
Vacca

Loss: Friends paid tribute to Vacca as a great friend, soldier and father who was always smiling

Another friend added: 'A Soldier, a father, a mentor and a friend. SSG Charles Vacca will always be remembered with a smile and admiration.'

The incident occurred at the Arizona Last Stop, which is about 25 miles south of Las Vegas, the Mohave County Sheriff's Office told AZFamily. It is home to a shooting range, Bullets and Burgers.

'Our guests have the opportunity to fire a wide range of fully automatic machine guns and specialty weapons,' its website states. 'At our range, you can shoot FULL auto on our machine guns. Let 'em Rip!'

When contacted by MailOnline, staff at Bullets and Burgers would not comment on the incident and referred questions to a nearby gun emporium, but would not say whether or not they were affiliated. 

Arizona gun laws require a person to be at least 18 years old to carry a firearm, but the laws do not apply on private property or if the minor is accompanied by a parent or a certified instructor.

Promotion: Bullets and Burgers proudly advertises their offer of a cheeseburger and the choice of 20 automatic weapons to fire at the Nevada range

Promotion: Bullets and Burgers proudly advertises their offer of a cheeseburger and the choice of 20 automatic weapons to fire at the Nevada range

Weapon: The girl was using an Uzi (file picture) when the recoil send the gun over her head, shooting Vacca

Weapon: The girl was using an Uzi (file picture) when the recoil send the gun over her head, shooting Vacca

Scene: The tragedy unfolded at Bullets and Burgers, an activity center 25 miles south of Las Vegas

Scene: The tragedy unfolded at Bullets and Burgers, an activity center 25 miles south of Las Vegas



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Comment by nicole lewis on September 3, 2014 at 5:06pm
Awww this poor child have to be traumatized for the rest of her life about this accident, shame on the adults for this not the child, there are so many other activities for CHILDREN and they choose this
Comment by Mike Smith on August 31, 2014 at 10:09pm

Innocent smart ones are better off armed.

Glad you don't tolerate no one laying hands on you Sis, My policy toward black-women is simple they should always be a in state where they are ready to Break arms & kick balls..

To move Along

Now where do our people get this mindset, that young children shouldn't even have the know-how of how to defend themselves with a firearm, scan history, the defense is always according to the weapons of the day.

To where as though Drop, it's not even much of a dispute with you, as a women it's a good thing you take that punk ass square position, it'll stop we men from handing our 5 year old son's rocket launchers... That's when you women can step in & say; hold up & such & such a thing, provided there aren't mitigating circumstances & with good reason of coarse:)..

& all you punk ass, b**** ass, weak ass men, who like to align your speech with what appears to be the thinking of women concerning our issues of defense, you fock off... The Defense is waged by the Men, the women step in if that line is broken, then God forbid if that line is broken the children may have to defend themselves, that's how it is!.

It's not about lining your thoughts up with women, because you think you'll score a few points on your way to sticking your dick in crotches, while our people are in a weak position...& our children are disadvantaged in comparison to hostile people's children. Fock outah heah!!...

Comment by Bombahdrop on August 31, 2014 at 12:28pm
Hahaha I am no ones VICTIM, if you was to walk up on me and you ain't straight up on some b**** s*** snuck me and killed me, I'm straight f****** yo ass up , victim what. The victims are the innocent smart ones pay attention.
Comment by Bombahdrop on August 31, 2014 at 12:25pm
Tasers n rubber bullets @ the least should an officer have
Comment by Mike Smith on August 31, 2014 at 2:10am

So give law enforcement the monopoly on the ability to use force?& if they should abuse the process, hope there is due process?

hows that been working out?

On principal, there is nothing wrong with a 9 year old girl having the ability or at least the know-how, of how to defend herself with a firearm...

Comment by Bombahdrop on August 30, 2014 at 5:14pm
You just made my point and that is the problem. All these senseless killing with guns shows u how they are ending up in unstable peoples hand, law enforcement is the number one murderers they be the main ones shipping and handling these guns and arming the nuts with them. So yeah I still stand by what I say.
Comment by Mike Smith on August 30, 2014 at 5:02pm

More people are stabbed to death, than shot, ban all knives yes?
It's people, technology is always neutral, it's what peole do with it.

Now in keeping with the article, it's an accident that happened, nobody was wrong...
Glad I saw it, I'll be telling my daughter to make sure she holds the Uzi with a tighter grip...

& to be childish, my daughter would kick your daughters ass... hahahaa gtfo here maaan...

Comment by Mike Smith on August 30, 2014 at 4:58pm

As I said, especially black women when it comes to keeping our people defenseless...
The world is getting crazier, you can apply that bullshit when it gets better, which it won't.

The peace you seek is in heaven so make it there, until then it's on & crackin!

But hey we need peace on earth right, soooo if we get rid of every kind of weapon, & everyone embraces everything kind ot behavior, there will be absolutely no physical confrontation what-so-ever, then there will be no war, & all we'll have to do is go to work, obey the laws, pay our bills, & once that's over with we can just seek out our entertainments yes? ... hahahhahaa

You can be a victim if you like, some how I'm a bad person because I stand on principal that people should defend themselves... So that means the africans who resisted colonialism (arming their children) were evil people, they should have just lined themselves up to be executed.

Like wise those germans under the nazi regime,
Like wise the amerindians populations who also taught their children how to use weapons, from a young age, evil evil people...

I remember being 9 years of age, that is no baby, maybe in the u.s. though, because the children our raised to be daft & clueless by design, how ever here in the caribbean we still have some ruggedness about our up-bringing...

Furthermore, if everybody is armed, who can be taken advantage of? or messed with?

Comment by Bombahdrop on August 30, 2014 at 7:11am
I'm all for the right to live. Put away better yet destroy all apparatus of killingvmachines.
Comment by Bombahdrop on August 30, 2014 at 7:10am
I'll be in lala land if that's what it will take to keep peace on earth. I would die by the sword yes, because I know my God knows I was murdered and I will be judged for the way I lived my life on earth. And I know I am a woman who worships God, so I'm good.
If I was a bad person I would be like u arming everybody including babies in a crib with a gun. I choose the opposite because that's the rational thing to do

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