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9 Year Old U.S Girl Accidentally Kills Shooting Range Instructor

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9 year old girl kills instructor by mistake BellaNaija

A 9-year-old girl in Arizona who was learning how to operate a sub-machine gun at a shooting range accidentally shot and killed her instructor.

The accident occurred when the gun recoiled over her shoulder as she was firing shots, CNN reports.

The girl shot Charles Vacca, the 39-year-old instructor, in the head. He was rushed to the hospital but doctors were unable to save his life. He passed away on Monday night.

According to reports, the girls’ parents were recording the tutorial on their mobile phones when the incident occurred.

“Bullets and Burgers,” the range where the shooting took place, reportedly states via their website, that “children between the ages of 8 and 17 can shoot a weapon if accompanied by a parent or guardian.”

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15 Comments

  1. Stella Kashmoney

    August 27, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    And why is a 9 year old learning to operate a gun?

  2. Anonymous

    August 27, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Okay this is unacceptable. Why should a 9 yr old be learning how to shoot a gun? This is no longer a matter of learning for self-defense. What is she defending herself against? America needs to really exercise strict gun laws. Because there is no reason a man should die by the hands (or rather gun in the hands) of a 9 year old. This is really sad and I’m sure the man had a family. Yes everything happens for a reason but this….this is just terrible.

  3. Nabz

    August 27, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    So sad! Piers Morgan will have a field day with this.

  4. sum1special

    August 27, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    and why on earth is a 9 yr old thought to shoot? lesson for others to learn from..mschewww

  5. deb

    August 27, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    My own concern is that why was she learning with an UZI… of all guns. even when you set up an uzi as an elderly person, after each shot, it kinda throws u back, u need a firm grip using an uzi. Enuf said, I pray the kid doesn’t have a life time trauma

  6. Tobenna

    August 27, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    No wonder my people said= Na Okpa Egbe na na ne Egbe.
    This is one the American cultures for you.
    People (including mentally ill people) walking and driving around with guns.
    For those of you who are indirectly rejecting our cultures and embracing American cultures, Soon, your daughter will demand to lean how to shoot AK47 in the name of self defense.
    When people stops putting their Trust in God and puts their Trust in Guns, Tragic things like this will (unfortunately) continue to happen.

    • ak

      August 27, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      lol. Even in your bible, people fought wars and Kings were decapitated under the guidance of God. Read your OT wella.

      That being said, i’m sure you did not mean to be disrespectful to all the veterans out there who fight day in and day out for your freedom. They put their trust in God but also know that it is necessary to fight bloody wars to defend your rights and liberties.

      This is just one of the many aspects Nigerians cannot understand. except those who were affected by Biafran mess

      Anyway, this is not an American problem. It is a problem of the parents. Why is a 4 year old learning to shoot? Why at 9 is she learning to use a machine gun?

      Why was the trainer standing to the left of a right-handed girl shooting a gun?

      Unfortunately, mistakes happen. Hope both her family and the business buckle down and learn from their mistakes

  7. LIKE SERIOUSLY

    August 27, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Americans are not even planning to stop. Instead of this 9 year old to just be a normal kid. Nobody should even tell me that learning to shoot at 9 is normal. Her parents enrolling her instead to learn how to be a professional swimmer or take self defence lessons or do something more appropriate instead sounds more normal.. So sad.

  8. Fortune Da Function Guy

    August 27, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Ihe Neme.

  9. hilda

    August 27, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    they said d shooting range states that “children btwn 8 n 17 can shoot if dey re accompanied by there parents.”
    ok nah!were d parents able to stop d tragedy? this is insane!y is a baby learning to shoot for goodness sake!nna ehhn! ndi ara ka nku na america oo

  10. Queen Ambi

    August 27, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    As an American, I can tell you that this is the norm for a lot of southern white people. It is sad because instead of teaching their kids to read, their teaching their kids to shoot guns. Their training their children for the supposed race war in the future between minorities and them.

  11. jinkelele

    August 27, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    and a submachine gun? really? no blank bullets but live ammunition

  12. me

    August 27, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    9 year old girl + sub-machine gun = Bad combination
    Teacher taught her nonsense!!!!!!!!!

  13. Khaleesi

    August 28, 2014 at 3:17 am

    American gun culture ehn
    Makes no sense at all

  14. Person

    August 28, 2014 at 6:00 am

    Teaching a 9 year old to shoot a SUBMACHINE gun? For what purpose? What war is she going to fight? And live rounds too? America!!!, O diegwu o!

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