Girl, 9, Accidentally Kills Instructor with Uzi in Arizona

A 9-year-old girl learning to shoot an Uzi submachine gun accidentally shot her instructor in the southwestern U.S. state of Arizona.

Instructor Charles Vacca was standing next to the girl Monday at a shooting range in Mohave County, south of Las Vegas, when she squeezed the trigger. The recoil wrenched the Uzi upward, and Vacca was shot in the head.
 
He later died of his injuries.

An employee smokes outside of an office for the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in White Hills, Ariz. Instructor Charles Vacca was accidentally killed at the range by a 9-year-old with an Uzi submachine gun on Aug. 27, 2014. /AP An employee smokes outside of an office for the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in White Hills, Ariz. Instructor Charles Vacca was accidentally killed at the range by a 9-year-old with an Uzi submachine gun on Aug. 27, 2014. /AP

The identities of the girl and her family have not been released. Prosecutors say they will not file charges in the case.

The gun range says it allows children as young as eight to fire guns under adult supervision.

VOA News / Aug. 29, 2014 08:19 KST