Girl said Uzi was too much for her

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Updated: 9/02/2014 9:23 am

PHOENIX (AP) — Police reports released Tuesday say a 9-year-old girl who accidentally killed a shooting range instructor with an Uzi in northern Arizona had said immediately after the shooting that she felt the gun was too much for her and had hurt her shoulder.

Her family members were focused on the girl because they thought she was injured by the gun's recoil and didn't immediately realize instructor Charles Vacca had been shot until one of his colleagues ran over.

The reports say the family took a shuttle from Las Vegas about 60 miles south to the Last Stop range in White Hills, Arizona.

Vacca was standing next to the girl on Aug. 25 when she squeezed the trigger.

The recoil wrenched the Uzi upward and killed Vacca.

Prosecutors are not filing charges in the case.


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Speed - 9/2/2014 11:51 AM
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It also didn't help that the instructor was in a "possible line of fire";had he considered which way the gun could go if uncontrolled,he'd have stood somewhere safer,and this might have just been the two learning the girl didn't have the strength for,or the skill for a full auto yet. I DO hope this doesn't make her give up shooting though;it's just too early for that kind of shooting at this age.

SuperNinja - 9/2/2014 10:51 AM
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DUH...most adults have a hard time handling a full auto!

Paladin - 9/2/2014 9:47 AM
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How obvious is it that a full auto Uzi is too much gun for a nine year old girl!! I have shot one full auto, it has potential for significant muzzle climb if you don't control it. There are many adults out there that could not handle an Uzi in full auto mode, let alone a 9 year old girl or boy. As tragic as this was, it was the fault of the instructor for not recognizing the risks of a 9 year old shooting that gun full auto and the range for having a policy that allowed it. I am a strong 2nd amendment supporter and believe in youth shooting programs and the NRA youth education and marksmanship training. But you have some common sense and it appears NONE was applied here. Tragic at all levels.

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