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No criminal charges in fatal gun range shooting by 9-year-old girl

Published on Aug 29, 2014 11:47 AM
 
Shooting instructor Charles Vacca stands next to a 9-year-old girl at the Last Stop shooting range in White Hills, Arizona near the Nevada border on Aug 25, 2014, in this still image taken from video courtesy of the Mohave County Sheriff's Office. -- PHOTO : REUTERS

WHITE HILLS, Arizone (REUTERS) - County law enforcement officials in Arizona said on Thursday that no criminal charges are pending after a probe into a gun range incident in which a 9-year-old girl fatally shot her instructor with an Uzi, adding it was "being viewed as an industrial accident."

But state occupational health and safety officials were conducting their own probe of the Monday morning incident that was captured on video at a gun range that caters in part to tourists visiting nearby Las Vegas.

The shooting at the Arizona Last Stop in White Hills, near the Nevada border, has touched off debate over shooting ranges offering machine guns to casual visitors and the wisdom of giving children access to high-powered firearms.

"Based on the video, the Sheriff's Office has determined no charges are pending," the Mohave County Sheriff's Office said in a statement, adding that the shooting was "being viewed as an industrial accident."

 
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