UPDATE: Instructor dies after girl fires Uzi at Ariz. shooting range

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DOLAN SPRINGS, Ariz. – A shooting instructor who was shot in the head by a 9-year-old girl in northwestern Arizona Monday morning has died.

Charles Vacca, 39, of Lake Havasu City, was pronounced dead at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas shortly before 9 p.m. Monday.

The accidental shooting happened at an outdoor shooting range in White Hills. The girl was at Arizona Last Stop located on Highway 93 with her parents, according to the Mohave County Sheriff's Office.

Vacca reportedly was standing next to the girl while he was instructing her how to use a weapon. Investigators said the girl pulled the trigger on the automatic Uzi, the recoil sent the gun over her head and Vacca was shot.

An autopsy will be performed by the Clark County Medical Examiner's Office in Nevada.

Guests at Bullets and Burgers, which is on the Arizona Last Stop property, have the opportunity to fire a wide range of fully automatic machine guns and specialty weapons, according to the company's website.

White Hills is a ghost town about 12 miles northwest of Dolan Springs.


Girl accidentally shoots instructor in Arizona


Officials: Girl accidentally kills gun instructor

DOLAN SPRINGS, Ariz. (AP) -- A 9-year-old girl accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use an automatic Uzi, authorities said Tuesday.

Charles Vacca, 39, of Lake Havasu City, died Monday shortly after being airlifted to University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Mohave County sheriff's officials said.

Vacca was standing next to the girl at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in White Hills when she pulled the trigger and the recoil sent the gun over her head, investigators said.

Authorities said the girl was at the shooting range with her parents. Her name was not released.

A woman who answered the phone at the shooting range said it had no comment. She did not provide her name.

It is not known if the range had an age limit on shooting or if the girl was going through a safety class.

Ronald Scott, a Phoenix-based firearms safety expert, said most shooting ranges have an age limit and strict safety rules when teaching children to shoot. He said instructors usually have their hands on guns when children are firing high-powered weapons.

"You can't give a 9-year-old an Uzi and expect her to control it," Scott said.

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