Nine-year-old girl kills her shooting instructor with Uzi submachine gun in US

Wednesday 27 August 2014 21.53
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The instructor was standing next to the girl when the shooting happened
The instructor was standing next to the girl when the shooting happened
The accident occurred at a gun range in Arizona
The accident occurred at a gun range in Arizona
The instructor had switched the gun to fully automatic mode
The instructor had switched the gun to fully automatic mode
Firearms instruction at shooting ranges in the US can start as early as seven years old
Firearms instruction at shooting ranges in the US can start as early as seven years old
The instructor was teaching the girl how to shoot an Uzi machine gun
The instructor was teaching the girl how to shoot an Uzi machine gun

Police in the United States are investigating after a nine-year-old girl accidentally shot her gun instructor in Arizona.

The accident happened at a shooting range while the instructor was teaching the girl how to shoot an Uzi machine gun, according to a police report.

Charles Vacca, 39, was standing next to the girl when he instructed her to shoot a single round.

Then he switched the gun to the fully automatic mode, and the recoil caused the gun to swing around and shoot him in the head.

Mr Vacca was taken to a hospital but died a short time later.

A manager at the firing range told NBC News that firearms training there can begin as young as eight years old.

Firearms instruction at other shooting ranges in the US, which has the world's highest per capita number of guns, can start as early as seven years old.

Keywords: arizona, gun