Video Shows 9-Year-Old Moments Before She Accidentally Shot Instructor With Uzi

Mohave County Sheriff’s officials released a foreboding video Tuesday of a 9-year-old girl at an Arizona shooting range just moments before she accidentally shot her instructor.

Charles Vacca, 39, died Monday night after he was shot in the head with a 9 mm Uzi by the girl he was teaching at an outdoor range in Dolan Springs, Ariz.

In the video, which does not show the instructor being shot, Vacca shows the young girl how to properly stand while shooting. He steadies her arms while she fires successfully in single-shot mode and congratulates her.

Vacca then adjusts the gun and says “Alright, full auto.” The gun recoils and drifts to the left towards the instructor as a spray of bullets is released. The video then cuts off.

Watch below via local TV station KSAZ. WARNING: some may find the video disturbing.

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