Gun instructor dies after being shot by 9-year-old girl

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An Arizona gun instructor died of his injuries after being shot in the head by a nine-year-old girl.

Charles Vacca, 39, of Lake Havasu City, AZ, died Monday night, August 25, 2014, at University Medical Center in Las Vegas, the Mohave County (Arizona) Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday, August 26.

Deputies said a nine-year-old girl accidentally shot the gun instructor in the head at about 10 a.m. at an outdoor range in Dolan Springs.

Mohave County deputies said the girl was at the range with her parents when she fired a 9mm Uzi she was handling according to CNN affiliate contributor KVVU.  The child reportedly fired the gun once, lost control of the weapon and it fired four more times.

The recoil during the child’s operation of the firearm sent it over her head and resulted in Vacca being struck in the head, deputies said.

The shot hit the 39-year-old instructor in the head.

This case was under investigation, deputies said.


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