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Children and guns: A problem the US will not solve soon

A shooting instructor has been in killed in the United States after he was accidentally shot while showing a nine-year-old girl how to use an Uzi submachine gun.

She lost control of the weapon, during her lesson with the experienced instructor. Her parents were filming her at the time.

ITV News Washington Correspondent Robert Moore reports:

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Gun instructor accidentally shot dead by 9-year-old girl

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.

Shooting instructor killed by nine-year-old girl

A file photo of an Uzi 9mm submachine gun. Credit: Reuters

A shooting instructor has been in killed in the United States after he was accidentally shot while showing a nine-year-old girl how to use an Uzi submachine gun.

Charles Vacca, 39, died on Monday after he was shot at the Last Stop shooting outdoor range in Arizona, Mohave County Sheriff's officials said.

Mr Vacca was airlifted to the University Medical Centre in Las Vegas, the officials said.

According to investigators, Mr Vacca was standing next to the girl when she pulled the trigger and the recoil sent the gun over her head.

Deputies said the girl was at the shooting range with her parents.

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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.' 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 Credit: NBC News
Civil rights campaigner Reverend Jesse Jackson is among the geusts Credit: NBC News
A guest comforts Michael Brown's mother Credit: NBC News
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