Family of gun instructor killed by girl 'feel sorry for her'

The family of a firearms instructor accidentally shot dead by a nine-year-old say they "feel sorry" for the girl.

Charles Vacca, 39, was killed when the child he was teaching lost control of a powerful submachine gun, causing it to lurch over her head.

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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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