TribLIVE

| USWorld

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Arizona county clears girl shooter in gun range death

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

By Reuters
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, 9:06 p.m.
 

WHITE HILLS, Ariz. — County law enforcement officials in Arizona said on Thursday that no criminal charges are pending from a probe into a gun range incident in which a 9-year-old girl fatally shot her instructor with an Uzi, adding it was “being viewed as an industrial accident.”

State occupational health and safety officials were conducting their own probe of the Monday morning tragedy that was captured on video at a gun range that caters in part to tourists visiting nearby Las Vegas.

The shooting at the Arizona Last Stop in White Hills, near the Nevada border, has touched off debate over shooting ranges offering machine guns to casual visitors and the wisdom of giving children access to high-powered firearms.

“Based on the video, the Sheriff's Office has determined no charges are pending,” the Mohave County Sheriff's Office said in a statement, adding that the shooting was “being viewed as an industrial accident.”

A video clip released by the sheriff's office of the moments just before the fatal shooting and circulating on the Internet shows Charles Vacca giving a girl in pink shorts and a braided ponytail hands-on instruction as she aims the Uzi at a black and white target shaped like the silhouette of a man.

Vacca is heard encouraging the girl and asking her to squeeze off one shot. Then he tells her, “All right, full auto,” and the weapon unleashes multiple rounds as the video cuts off.

It was apparently moments later that Vacca was shot in the head when the girl lost control of the submachine gun.

Vacca, 39, had been standing next to the girl when the recoil forced her arm over her head, the sheriff's office said.

Authorities have not said how many times Vacca was hit, but NBC News reported he was killed by a single bullet in the head.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Nation

  1. 2 women advance to final phase of Army Ranger training
  2. Obama to mandate steeper emissions cuts from power plants
  3. Food industry players fighting proposed dietary guidelines drop millions on lobbyists
  4. 4 dead, 65 sickened in Bronx by Legionella
  5. Marines finally ready to roll out controversial fighter jet
  6. State Department accuses top Clinton aide of violations
  7. ‘Fast, Furious’ pistol was sold to gunman in foiled Texas terrorist attack
  8. Construction of giant bridges sparks curiosity, high demand for public tours
  9. Pressure mounts for Biden to join 2016 White House race
  10. Midwest farmers pessimistic of fall harvest amid damaging, long-term rain
  11. Obama’s nuclear deal lobbying sways Democrats