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(MOHAVE COUNTY, Ariz.) — Police in Mohave County, Arizona, say a gun range shooting instructor was accidentally shot and killed Monday while showing a 9-year-old girl how to use an automatic Uzi.

According to Mohave County Sheriff Jim McCabe, Charles Vacca, an instructor at the Last Stop gun range, “let the girl fire it as fully automatic at which time the recoil made her lose control. The weapon raised up towards her left shoulder and shot the instructor in the head.”

Vacca, 39, of Lake Havasu City, was airlifted to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The girl and her parents, who were with her, were not injured.

McCabe says the business was licensed to rent automatic weapons, but the girl was taken by surprise with the gun’s recoil.

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