Video shows moments before girl accidentally shoots instructor

Video released by the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona shows a 9-year-old girl firing an Uzi submachine gun next to her instructor before she lost control of it. The remainder of the video, when she lost control of the weapon, was not released. The fatal moment is not shown in the above video report.

According to the New York Times, the video of the shooting, which her parents recorded on a cellphone was turned over to the sheriff’s department, which released it publicly.

Charles Vacca, aged 39, died on Monday shortly after being airlifted to University Medical Centre in Las Vegas, Mohave County sheriff's officials said.

The incident has sparked huge debate on social media raising the issue of age limits at such operations. Many have expressed sympathy for the girl, but questioned why she was handling such a weapon.

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Bridget Lyn Edwards 2014-08-28 10:21:21 AM
I feel sorry for that little girl. I do not feel sorry for the parents or the "instructor". Not the girl's fault, but she will have to live with the consequences of her parent's actions for the rest of her life.
France Bester 2014-08-28 10:44:59 AM
I can't believe that anyone can give an Uzi or any gun to a child. The instructor should have said no, and now he paid with his life
Reza Pahad 2014-08-28 11:09:54 AM
Had the nine year old girl been a Muslim, the world would've been up in arms over Muslims grooming terrorist..... The silence in this incident is rather deafening .....
Kirsty Prinsloo 2014-08-28 11:28:56 AM
Reza I suggest you get off your high horse before you fall off. Stupid and irresponsible parents allowing a child to handle a weapon has nothing to do with her religion or yours. She was not trying to kill someone in the name of any religion or dispute over land.
Kirsty Prinsloo 2014-08-28 11:31:16 AM
What the heck where these adults thinking! Who gives a weapon like that to a child. Irresponsible and stupid. That child will have to live with this for the rest of her life.
Reza Pahad 2014-08-28 11:41:17 AM
Peace be upon you Kirsty Thank you for engaging. Would your view above be the same had the child had a Muslim name or was of middle eastern origin? I doubt it very much .....
Jean-Pierre Baronet Fernandes 2014-08-28 11:49:47 AM
Religion has nothing to do with the article at hand.
Khutso Bokaba 2014-08-28 11:51:06 AM
Stupid, are they trying to ruin the girls future? Why give such a big machine to a lil kid???? For what good reasons??
Ledger Barnard Colleen 2014-08-28 12:06:52 PM
Firstly, Who gives a nine year old an automatic weapon that is used by the military I
Steven Marshal 2014-08-28 12:14:15 PM
It's reported that the instructor passed away due to the injuries sustained. We're living in a mad world.