[Video] Arizona Shooting Range Shutting Down Following Instructor Death by 9 Year Old

September 1 2014
by GSL Staff
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The Arizona shooting range that was the site of the accidental shooting death of Charles Vacca, a firearms instructor, by a 9 year old student who lost control of a fully automatic Uzi submachine gun is shutting down.

According to KTAR,

PHOENIX — A gun range where an instructor was accidentally shot and killed by a child this week has closed indefinitely.

The range closed after the shooting but customers were still showing up two days later, according to a local news report.

The owner of the range defended his policies in a local interview which was reposted on Youtube.

Here is the original sheriff’s office report on the incident,

Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an accidental shooting at an outdoor shooting range Monday (8/25) morning. At about 10:00 a.m., deputies responded to the Last Stop business located at 20606 North Highway 93 in White Hills. Investigations determined a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot the instructor in the head. The instructor, a 39-year-old male victim was airlifted to a medical center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The girl was at the business with her parents.

The instructor identified as Charles Vacca, 39, of Lake Havasu City, did not survive his injuries.

Vacca was pronounced dead Monday (8/25) evening at the University Medical Center at 8:56 p.m.

Vacca was standing next to the girl while he was instructing her how to use to weapon when the accident happened. Further investigations determined the girl pulled the trigger on the automatic Uzi, the recoil sent the gun over her head and the victim was shot.

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