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Family of gun instructor sues in accidental killing by girl

Posted at 4:56 PM, Aug 24, 2016

The family of an Arizona shooting range instructor who was accidentally killed by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the business.
The suit seeks a jury trial to determine damages for Charles Vacca's widow and three children as well as his ex-wife and mother. It says the owners and operators of the Last Stop shooting range in White Hills were negligent in Vacca's Aug. 25, 2014 death.
The suit says an Uzi wasn't a safe or appropriate weapon to entrust to a young girl and caused her to lose control of the weapon.
Investigators say when the girl fired the Uzi, the gun's recoil wrenched its barrel upward. A bullet hit 39-year-old Vacca in the head, killing him.