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Uzi Shooting: Police Release Frantic 911 Call
The family of a nine-year-old girl who accidentally killed her shooting instructor with an Uzi submachine gun are devastated by the tragedy, their lawyer has said.
The announcement by the family's lawyer came as police released details of the 911 call made moments after the accident at the Last Stop shooting range in White Hills, Arizona, last week.
Investigators have also released police reports which name the girl's parents and reveal that moments after the shooting their daughter complained the gun had been too much for her to handle.
The report states the girl, her parents Alex and Alison MacLachlan, and her sister and brother, travelled 60 miles from Las Vegas to the shooting range.
Mr MacLachlan was the first one to fire the weapon, after which shooting range instructor Charles Vacca showed the girl how to shoot the gun and helped her fire a few rounds.
After the weapon was put on automatic, when the girl pulled the trigger again the gun recoiled up and to the left, killing Mr Vacca with a shot to the head.
The girl dropped the Uzi and ran back to her family who focused initially on their daughter because they thought she had been injured by the gun's recoil.
Only later did they realise Mr Vacca had been shot.
A transcript of the 911 call reveals Mr Vacca was convulsing and choking as the dispatcher advises them to apply pressure to the wound.
Dispatcher: Yeah, we've got officers and we have medical on the way. Can you tell me if he's still breathing?
Caller: ...He's shot in the head - in the side of the head.
Caller: Hello ma'am. He needs a medic, a helicopter now.
Dispatcher: They're on their way, sir.
Dispatcher: Is he still breathing?
Caller: Yes he is.
Dispatcher: Are you applying pressure to the wound?
Caller: Yes I am. He's convulsing, and he's choking on his own spit.
The family's lawyer said they had "prayed day and night" Mr Vacca would survive the shooting, adding they continue praying for his family.
Kevin Walsh said in a statement: "Words cannot express the family's sadness about the accidental shooting of Charles Vacca."
Prosecutors say Mr Vacca was probably the most criminally negligent person for allowing the girl to use the gun without proper training.
Last week Mr Vacca's grieving family said they felt "sorry" for the girl, acknowledging the shooting was something she would have to live with for the rest of her life.