A nine year-old girl in the US has killed her
shooting instructor by accident while being
shown how to use a high-powered
The instructor was giving the girl a lesson at a
shooting range in Arizona when the recoil from
the automatic fire caused her to lose control of
Charles Vacca, 39, was shot in the head and died
after being airlifted to a hospital in Las Vegas.
The girl was at the shooting range with her
parents, who filmed the lesson.
The footage shows the instructor coaching her as
she fires a single shot at a target at the Last Stop
shooting range in White Hills, Arizona.
The Uzi then appears to be switched to automatic
as the girl pulls the trigger and loses her grip of
The video, edited and released by the Mojave
County Sheriff's office, ends abruptly before the
instructor is shot.
Correspondents say it is common in parts of the
US for children to be taught how to use firearms.
Many firing ranges have strict safety rules on
instructing children. It is not clear what age limits
the range has.