Video captures moments before shooting range instructor killed

9 year-old girl lost control of a sub-machine gun outside of Las Vegas

39 year-old shooting range instructor Charles Vacca has died after a 9 year-old girl firing a semi-automatic firearm earlier this week lost control of the gun and accidentally shot him at least once in the head.

The incident happened a shooting range in Arizona on Monday that caters to Las Vegas tourists.

Video released by authorities shows the moments just before the New Jersey girl lost control but does not capture the moment Vacca was hit.

Law enforcement authorities say no charges will be laid.

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  1. Angry Bill posted on 08/27/2014 11:26 AM
    When I was in basic training, we fired submachine guns. The instructors were VERY frigging paranoid, as well they should be. And we were adults (well, 17/18/19 year old kids). If the instructors saw us start to turn with the weapon in our hands, we'd get a butt stroke to the back of the head. If we were lucky. We had very serious training to always keep the weapon pointed down range.

    As you saw in the video above, the kickback forces the gun to move to one side, more so than you'd have with a longer barreled weapon.. because the barrel is short, that's one HUGE arc that winds up being in the line of fire. It takes coordination and some physical strength to keep the gun pointing down range while it's firing like that. I do not believe a nine year old girl has either the coordination or the strength to properly fire an automatic weapon, particularly one that short. This video is proof.

    There are so many things wrong with this entire scenario. I'll try to list some of them.

    1. "Bullets and Burgers". 'Nuff said.
    2. Letting civilian tourists with no firearms training shoot weapons that require fairly extensive training to operate safely.
    3. Letting a slight NINE YEAR OLD GIRL do it.
    4. The sort of culture that says it's perfectly okay for this sort of tourist industry to exist.
    1. dama posted on 08/27/2014 12:45 PM
      @Angry Bill I have not view the video, and if this setup is for tourism money
      there ought to be a age limit to use this firing range..

      9 year old.!!!! . I dont normally blame or put the responsibility on parents but in this instance.. what is the parent thinking?

      Can imagine if this is reverse; the girl died instead of the instructor?

  2. Angry Bill posted on 08/27/2014 11:30 AM
    One more addendum to the above.. The instructor KNOWS the weapon kicks to the left.. so why is he standing on the left, where he knows the weapon is most likely to move toward?
    1. AbbyW posted on 08/27/2014 11:56 AM
      @Angry Bill He won't be making that mistake again. I feel sorry for the 9-year old as that must be incredibly traumatic for her.
  3. Karl Burgin posted on 08/27/2014 01:45 PM
    This incident deserves to be on the TV show "1000 ways to die"....
    9 year old must be traumatized after this....which is why the parents, due to their good judgment in having her do this in the first place, should foot the psychiatric bill for the rest of her life.
  4. ShirleyW_3 posted on 08/28/2014 10:44 PM
    Americans and their guns! So sad!
    1. JayR2 posted on 09/02/2014 12:30 PM
      @ShirleyW_3 Drivers are dangerous, as well. Should driving be outlawed?
    2. Angry Bill posted on 09/02/2014 01:45 PM
      @JayR2 That's a bit of a non sequitur. Guns were invented for the sole purpose of killing stuff. Automobiles were not. By your example, jars of pickles should be banned, because you can smash someone's head in with it.

      Apples and oranges.
    3. AbbyW posted on 09/02/2014 02:31 PM
      @Angry Bill Waste of the pickles.
    4. AbbyW posted on 09/02/2014 02:31 PM
      @Angry Bill Waste of the pickles.
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