Coroner: Single Bullet From Uzi Killed Instructor

OSHA to review shooting-range death

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 29, 2014 1:39 AM CDT

(Newser) – The shooting instructor killed after letting a 9-year-old girl fire an Uzi was hit by a single bullet when she lost control of the weapon, the coroner says. Charles Vacca, a 39-year-old instructor at Arizona's Bullets and Burgers, was killed by a gunshot wound to the head, the coroner tells NBC. The Mohave County Sheriff's Office says that after reviewing a video of the incident, it has decided not to press charges. The shooting is being treated as an industrial accident and will be reviewed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Arizona Republic reports. The business owner says the death is the first accident in the shooting range's 14-year history.

In this image made from video provided by the Mohave County Sheriff's Office, instructor Charles Vacca is seen with the girl moments before the deadly accident.
In this image made from video provided by the Mohave County Sheriff's Office, instructor Charles Vacca is seen with the girl moments before the deadly accident.   (AP Photo/Mohave County Sheriff's Office)
A man closes off an entrance to the Last Stop outdoor shooting range at Bullets and Burgers in White Hills, Ariz., earlier this week.
A man closes off an entrance to the Last Stop outdoor shooting range at Bullets and Burgers in White Hills, Ariz., earlier this week.   (AP Photo/John Locher)
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