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9-Year-Old Accidentally Kills Gun Instructor With Uzi

A 9-year-old girl who was learning to fire a submachine gun at her local shooting range accidentally killed her instructor, 39-year-old Charles Vaca, after losing control of the fully automatic weapon.

A recently released video shows Vaca teaching the unidentified girl how to hold the Uzi and establish her stance. The girl fires several rounds with no cause for alarm. However after one round, the recoil from the gun causes it to fly over her head. Vaca is standing next to her at the time. The video ends with a series of shots being heard, one of which presumably hit Vaca in the head. He died hours later.

Authorities say the girl was at the Arizona shooting range Burgers and Bullets with her parents. The range has a policy where children ages 8 to 17 can shoot a weapon as long as they are accompanied by their parents. Further information released reveals that the girl and her family were tourists from the Northeast.

Why a 9-year-old girl needed to practice shooting an incredibly powerful gun is a question that's up for (we're sure, some rather passionate) debate.

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