Posted Wednesday, August 27th 2014 @ 8am

(NEWSER)  – A shooting range instructor in Arizona is dead after letting a 9-year-old girl fire an Uzi set to fully automatic. Police, who have released a video of the girl taking her first shots, say she safely fired the weapon in "single-shot" mode, but she lost control of the weapon as it recoiled in automatic mode and the instructor was hit by at least one stray bullet as it went over her head, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Instructor Charles Vacca, 39, was "very conscientious and very professional," the manager of the Last Stop outdoor shooting range tells NBC, asking "everybody to pray for Charlie, and pray for the client, she’s going to have a hard time."

The "practice at most shooting ranges is 8 years old and up with parental supervision," he says.


Photo: Mohave County Sheriff’s Office via the Las Vegas Review Journal

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