Warning: Content may be disturbing to some viewers.
Charlie Vacca was a firearms instructor at the Arizona Last Stop near the Nevada border on US Highway 93 for 18 months when he was accidentally shot in the head while giving a lesson to a 9-year-old girl on Monday. Vacca, 39, of Lake Havasu City, was showing the little girl how to fire an UZI 9mm automatic weapon when it recoiled in her hands and sent the weapon over her head. A stray bullet hit Vacca in the head while he stood next to the girl. Vacca was airlifted to University Medical Center in Las Vegas, where he died around 9 pm Monday. The girl’s parents were recording the shooting lesson with a cellphone when the accident happened. This video stops short of showing Vacca getting shot.
Vacca was teaching the New Jersey girl how to shoot the UZI in single-fire mode. Once she fired a shot at the target, he switched the UZI to full-automatic, which will allow the weapon to continuously fire rounds until the magazine is depleted or the shooter releases the trigger.
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The UZI was developed by Captain Uziel Gal of the Israeli army in the 1950’s just before the Sinai Campaign. It proved to be a highly reliable and accurate weapon in the desert war. Israeli Military Industries created a number of variants of the original design, including the original UZI SMG (Sub Machine Gun), the smaller Mini UZI with a folding stock, the Micro UZI Personal Defense Weapon, and the semi-automatic version UZI Pistol.
A similar accident occurred at a Massachusetts gun expo in 2008, where an eight-year-old boy was firing a Mini UZI and fatally shot himself.
Video of the incident contains graphic content that might disturb some viewers. Watch it by clicking here.
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Photo: Screenshot from Arizona Last Stop website
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