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Video showing firearms instructor teaching girl released

Footage showing a firearms instructor teaching a nine-year-old girl moments before she accidentally killed him has been released.

Charles Vacca, 39, was shot in the head at a shooting range in Arizona on Monday after the girl lost grip of the Uzi, a high-powered submachine gun.

The video, released by Mohave County Sheriff's Department, shows Vacca instructing the girl to take a single shot, before the gun is switched to automatic and she appears to lose control.

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Parents' letter to Michael Brown in funeral program

The parents of a Missouri teen shot dead by a police officer have paid tribute to him in the program of his funeral service.

Michael Brown's mother Lesley McSpadden called her son 'a blessing.'
Michael Brown's mother Lesley McSpadden called her son 'a blessing.' Credit: Reuters

In a letter to Michael Brown his mother Lesley McSpadden wrote: "The day you were born I just know God sent me a blessing and that was you."

The letter by Michael Brown Sr. read: "I always told you I would never let nothing happen to you and that's what hurts so much, that I couldn't protect you."

Friends and family gather to remember Michael Brown

Friends and family of Michael Brown are remembering the US teenager in a lively ceremony filled with singing and music.

Mourners at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Ferguson
Mourners at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Ferguson Credit: NBC News
Civil rights campaigner Reverend Jesse Jackson is among the geusts
Civil rights campaigner Reverend Jesse Jackson is among the geusts Credit: NBC News
A guest comforts Michael Brown's mother
A guest comforts Michael Brown's mother Credit: NBC News

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'Active shooter incident' reported at US army base

A US army base has been locked down after an "active shooter" was reportedly seen on site.

Fort Lee, in central Virginia, said all personnel had been ordered to immediately "enact active shooter protocols".

"An active shooter incident has been reported on Fort Lee at CASCOM HQ, Bldg. 5020," a statement on the base's Facebook page said.

"All personnel should enact active shooter protocols immediately. The installation is being locked down until further notice. More info to follow."

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