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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 kk on August 29, 2014 at 10:59pm
Aw man so unfortunate. I truly feel that a child should never be at a range. Sorry. Never wait until they are 18.
Comment by Mike Smith on August 29, 2014 at 9:12pm

I hope to die by the sword, many a courageous man has done so...

Notice even if I address someone in these blogs I don't get into personal attacks, I speak to principals, It's okay if you disagree on how to better our condition. There is nothing I've said to indicate hypocrisy (some of you should look up the word it's frequently used out of context), or being a sorry ass.

I don't even like for black people to be in a position where we can be cut down & unable to do anything about it. You see the principal that is stood on. If my suggestion is a bit to hardcore for some, fine, why don't you introduce your way of improving our defense. Or do you have some la-la-land aspiration that one day the world will be without swords? :D

Comment by Bombahdrop on August 29, 2014 at 2:24am
I think you r a hypocrite and a crab in a barrel. You r an oppressed a****** in the black community. U live by the sword your punk ass will die by the sword, that's what I think about your sorry ass .
Comment by sweet tea on August 28, 2014 at 10:38pm
Why it's okay for 9 year old ghal to hold a gun crazy nah rass
Comment by Mike Smith on August 28, 2014 at 3:17pm

So you think preventing white people from training their children from young age, is going to put them on an equal level with you huh? .... news flash, they're running s***, & have been dictating the past of history for centuries, they're obviously doing something right...

Even if it does conflict with the black communities programming, 1. go school, 2. get a job, 3. work hard. Once that's taken care of just seek as much pleasure as you can before death, & make sure you pass the same life-cycle onto the children.

Yall don't get it, in order to change the condition we're in we're going to have to construct a new model, a model that includes defense, this current model we're under is focked up! That's why as a people we're not winning, sure you have a few images concerning tokens of success, but for the majority that s*** is of no consequence..

I don't know what to say to my people when they're striving to be defenseless... smh

Further more, if ever a law goes in that says younjg children cannot use firearms, the same white community your so apt to speak against, will train their children in secret (as they should! ) to make sure they maintain a stardard level of defense within their families.

For some reason as black people we just don't understand that, but hey, keep relying on protection from the same government, that puts in policies to impoverish you, & the same police that gun your gun your un-armed ass down every few weeks. Who knows maybe the armed black criminals in our areas may have a change in heart & stop fockin with us & protect us instead, what do you think?

Comment by Bombahdrop on August 28, 2014 at 1:03pm
reason only God knows why. But how I c it is for taking a phucked up job like teaching innocent children to fire a demonic gun. Wtf is wrong with her parents. These ain't parents they are corrupted parasites. The parents should be charged as if it was statutory rape, children should not have guns in their view much less in hand and should be a crime. Its pure madness. By law you cant phuck underage children ( even though sickos do so anyway) but its OK to introduce them to guns and train them to shoot one. Smfh the world in trouble with vicious cycles.
Comment by Fang on August 28, 2014 at 12:07pm

Her parents is to blame, a nine year old child girl or boy have no business shooting any gun...unless it's a water gun playing with her siblings or friends. What are we teaching our kids!!! how to kill each other or how love one another. I am a father of a nine year old girl and teaching her to shoot a gun never cross my mind.  ((( A BOOK IN A HAND, NOT A GUN)))

Comment by Fang on August 28, 2014 at 11:47am

When will white people wake up and realized that a lot of things they are doing is so wrong in man sight and GOD. They teach there kids to shoot, buy them gun for christmas ( They replace toys with guns under the christmas tree) when these kids grows up and cant cope with society, they often turns to the things that were thought to them as a child; one of those things is shooting a gun... as history shows us, when these teenagers start killing, they start with the same people who bought the guns and teach them how to shoot, "The parents are guardians."  You all train your kids to shoot know just to kill you later. ((( WAKE UP )))

I do feel sad for the little girl, the situation that her parents put her in, she will have to live with that consequence for the rest of  her life.

((((( My grandfather was white, so this is not a racist remark, it's simply the truth. )))))

Comment by Roots aka TJ What De Ras on August 28, 2014 at 9:40am
Good job little girl. That's how you kill an idiot white man....lol.
Comment by Kenneth Peterson on August 28, 2014 at 9:01am

I really don't feel sorry for that dumb ass who got his brains blended, a nine year old can't legally own a gun and shouldn't be taught to use one. On the other hand I DO feel sorry for that nine year old girl who has to live the rest of her life with this tragedy on her mind. 

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