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The moments before girl (9) killed gun range instructor by accident with Uzi

David Usbourne

Published 28/08/2014 | 02:30

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Charles Vacca instructs the nine-year-old girl at the Last Stop shooting range in White Hills, Arizona, just before the accident happened. Photo: Reuters

A firing range instructor in Arizona has been accidentally shot dead while giving a nine-year-old girl an introductory lesson on how to use an Uzi submachine gun.

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The incident, which serves to spur new debate within the US about the wisdom of a gun-loving culture that often extends to children, happened at the Last Stop range from where Charles Vacca (39) was rushed to the University Medical Centre in Las Vegas but did not survive.

Last night, a video of the lesson was released to the public, minus the moment when the heavy kick of the military-grade weapon apparently causes the girl to spin around and fire bullets into Mr Vacca. "All right, go ahead and give me one shot," Mr Vacca tells the girl in the video, cheering when his pupil fires one round on target. "All right, full auto," Mr Vacca says, indicating she should change a setting to allow the gun to fire 600 bullets per minute. The video then fades even though the sound of the bullets being fired can be heard.

That guns and children don't mix has been a key message of the gun control lobby for years. This latest incident raises several issues, including why the range didn't have age limits for firing weapons.

"You can't give a nine-year-old an Uzi and expect her to control it," said firearms expert Ronald Scott.

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