08/27/2014 09:44 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Raw Video Shows Girl Fire Uzi Moments Before Accidentally Shooting Instructor Charles Vacca

Authorities have released video of an Arizona weapons instructor teaching a 9-year-old girl how to operate an Uzi just a moment before she fatally shot him.

Charles Vacca, 39, was pronounced dead Monday after being airlifted from the Bullets and Burgers shooting range to a hospital.

The Mohave County Sheriff's Department says the shooting was accidental and occurred when the recoil from the weapon sent bullets spraying over the girl's head, according to The Washington Post.

In video released Tuesday by the department, Vacca is seen showing the girl how to stand and hold the weapon. The child, who is not being named, fires the Uzi in single-shot mode. Vacca then sets the weapon to automatic, keeping his head near the gun as the girl fires.

“The guy just dropped,” Sheriff Jim McCabe told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

On his Facebook page, Vacca's posts ranged from pictures of his target practice to pro-gun rhetoric.



Ronald Scott, a Phoenix-based firearms safety expert, told the Associated Press that there should have been stricter safety rules.

"You can't give a 9-year-old an Uzi and expect her to control it," Scott told the publication.

Bullets and Burgers is located in the Mojave desert, about 25 miles away from Las Vegas.

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