A 9-year-old New Jersey girl accidentally killed a 39-year-old war veteran Charles Vacca of Lake Havasu City. She shot the Arizona shooting instructor in the head as he was showing her how to use an automatic Uzi, authorities said Tuesday.
The owner of the range, Sam Scarmardo said it’s unclear what happened in this case since their instructors are trained to push weapons out of the students’ hands if something goes wrong.
“We really don’t know what happened. Our guys are trained to basically hover over people when they’re shooting. If they’re shooting right-handed, we have our right-hand behind them ready to push the weapon out of the way. And if they’re left-handed, the same thing,” he said.
Video released on Tuesday by sheriff show Charles standing to her left and telling her to turn her left leg forward.
“All right, go ahead and give me one shot,” he says to the girl, whose back is to the camera during the entire 27-second video. He then cheers when she fires one round at the target.
“All right full auto,” Charles then says. The video does not show the actual incident but ends with a series of shots being heard.
The director of the New Jersey Firearms Academy in Jersey City, Lateif Dickerson, told WCBS 880 that accidents like this are very rare.
“It’s a fun activity. It makes kids safer when they learn the proper way to learn to handle and fire firearms,” he said when he was asked why parents would want their child to learn how to shoot an Uzi.
And according to police there will be no charges in the incident because according to investigators, no laws were broken. “Everybody is held responsible. The parents have to live with this for the rest of their life; the child has to live with this, the person who died, his family, and his coworkers. Everybody is going to live with this for the rest of their life,” said Dickerson.