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Parents of Girl Who Killed Gun Range Instructor Were Unaware He Was Shot, Say Police (Video)

| by Michael Allen

New details have emerged about the tragic death of gun range shooting instructor Charles Vacca who was accidentally killed by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi machine gun on Aug. 25 at Burgers and Bullets in Arizona.

The girl's mother shot video (below) of Vacca and her daughter moments before the girl lost control of the Uzi, which shot upwards and fired a bullet into Vacca's head.

According to a police report released today by the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, Vacca was still breathing when deputies arrived on the scene.

The New York Times notes that the police report said that the girl's parents did not immediately realize Vacca had been shot, but went to the aid of their daughter who complained that “the gun was too much for her and it hurt her shoulder.”

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It wasn't until another shooting range instructor, Ross Miller, rushed to Vacca's aid did the parents realize that Vacca had been hit, notes the police report, which includes accounts of witnesses.

The parents took their daughter and other children away from the scene so that they would not be traumatized, reports The Washington Post.

The dad reportedly told a deputy that "his family is in shock and just wants to leave the area and go back to Las Vegas.”

When the deputy told the dad that he needed to speak to the 9-year-old girl, the father reportedly said that he "would prefer if no one talked to his children as they are going through a lot.”

Deputies asked for the release waivers that the family signed to fire the machine gun, but gun range employees said the paperwork was "blown away by the wind after the incident had occurred.”

Kevin Walsh, a lawyer for the girl's family, said in a statement today that they are “devastated by this accident that turned what was supposed to be a unique and brief excursion from their summer vacation into a life-changing tragedy.”

Sources: The New York Times, The Washington Post