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911 calls show efforts to save firearms instructor

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Updated: 9/04 4:40 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) – The Mohave County Sheriff’s Department has released the 911 calls from the Aug. 25 shooting incident where a 9-year-old girl accidentally killed an instructor as he was showing her how to use an automatic Uzi.

WARNING: Graphic language in the released 911 tapes.
Charles Vacca, 39, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., died shortly after being airlifted to University Medical Center in Las Vegas.

Vacca was standing next to the girl at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in White Hills when she pulled the trigger and the recoil sent the gun over her head, investigators said.

Authorities said the girl was at the shooting range with her parents.

The MacLachlan family released a statement today:

"Words cannot express the family's sadness about the accidental shooting of Charles Vacca. They prayed day and night that he would survive his injury, and they continue to pray for his family during his terribly difficult time. The family also asks for the public's prayers for their own family.

"They are devastated by this accident that turned what was supposed to be a unique and brief excursion from their summer vacation into a life-changing tragedy. They are dealing with this privately as a family. They wish to thank the emergency first responders who tried heroically to save the life of Mr. Vacca, a military veteran who they were told served honorable overseas to defend America.

"Although certain people will seek to use this tragedy for their own partisan purposes and agendas, the family asks all compassionate Americans to pray for their children and the entire Vacca family. Please respect both families' privacy as they seek to deal with this tragic incident."



The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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