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Girl Accidentally Shoots, Kills Gun Range Instructor

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 8/28/2014

A nine-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed an instructor at a gun range in Arizona. It happened while she was showing her how to shoot an Uzi sub-machine gun. The tragedy was caught on video. Video showing the final moments of instructor Chakles Vacca's life. "Ok, turn your, this leg forward. There you go. Just like that," he says on the video. Before deputies say he was accidentally shot by that girl holding an automatic Uzi. "All right. Go ahead and give me one shot," Vacca says. Soon after that, investigators tell us the nine-year-olds Uzi kicks back, and a bullet is fired into Vacca. (Sam Scarmardo, Last Stop Arizona) "Like I said it's like losing a brother," says Sam Scarmardo of Last Stop Arizona. "These aren't employees or associates of ours. These are family. We're all family." Sam Scarmardo operates Last Stop Arizona, the outdoor range in White Hills where it all happened Monday morning. "Employees here tell Action News the little girl is from New York," says KTNV reporter Jennifer Kastner. "She was only here on vacation and her parents were at the gun range when the shooting happened." Near the range is Rosie's Den, where they say Charlie used to visit. "All of the customers have been talking about it and it's really been breaking a lot of people's hearts because a lot of us knew him down there," says one worker at Rosie's Den. "It's been a rough day." The news itself is, of course, devastating, but it also raised concerns among viewers, that we brought to the range operator. "How does a nine-year-old get an Uzi in her hands?" asks Kastner. "Well a nine-year-old gets an Uzi in her hand when uh, they're within the criteria, is eight-years-old, to shoot firearms," Scarmardo says. "We instruct kids as young as five with 22 rifles and they don't get to handle high firearms but they're under the supervision of their parents and our professional range masters.

   
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