Girl said Uzi was too much for her

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

PHOENIX (AP) — A 9-year-old girl who ac­ci­den­tally killed an in­struc­tor with an Uzi at an Ari­zona shoot­ing range said im­me­di­ately after the shoot­ing that she felt the gun was too much for her and had hurt her shoul­der, ac­cord­ing to po­lice re­ports re­leased Tues­day.

Her fam­ily mem­bers were fo­cused on the girl be­cause they thought she was in­jured by the gun’s re­coil and didn’t im­me­di­ately re­al­ize in­struc­tor Charles Vacca had been shot un­til one of his col­leagues ran over to him.

The fam­ily, whose home­town hasn’t been re­vealed by in­ves­ti­ga­tors, had taken a shut­tle on Aug. 25 from Las Ve­gas about 60 miles south to the Last Stop range in White Hills, Ari­zona.

The re­port did not say why the fam­ily had gone to the range or why they let the girl han­dle the Uzi.

After ar­riv­ing, the girl, her par­ents, sis­ter and brother took a mon­ster truck ride be­fore head­ing out to the shoot­ing range.

The girl’s fa­ther was the first one in the party to han­dle a weapon. After he fired shots, Vacca in­structed the girl on how to shoot the gun, showed her a shoot­ing stance, and helped her fire a few rounds.

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