Family of late shooting instructor feels sorry for girl, 9, who shot their dad

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NEW YORK (AP) -- The family of an Arizona shooting range instructor accidentally killed by a 9-year-old girl while he was teaching her to use an Uzi say they feel sorry for the child.

Instructor Charles Vacca was standing next to the girl on Monday at the Last Stop range in White Hills, Arizona, about 60 miles south of Las Vegas, when she squeezed the trigger. The recoil wrenched the Uzi upward, and the 39-year-old Vacca was fatally shot once in the head.

His daughter, 19-year-old Ashley, told NBC's "Today" show (http://nbcnews.to/1ospRJC ) that the family knows it was a tragic accident and something she'll have to live with.

Prosecutors say they will not file charges. The identities of the girl and her family have not been released.

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Family of late shooting instructor feels sorry for girl, 9, who shot their dad
A man closes off an entrance to the Last Stop outdoor shooting range Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in White Hills, Ariz. Gun range instructor Charles Vacca was accidentally killed Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 at the range by a 9-year-old with an Uzi submachine gun. (AP Photo/John Locher)
People are seen at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in White Hills, Ariz. Gun range instructor Charles Vacca was accidentally killed Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 at the range by a 9-year-old with an Uzi submachine gun. (AP Photo/John Locher)
A young person runs by the Last Stop outdoor shooting range Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in White Hills, Ariz. Gun range instructor Charles Vacca was accidentally killed Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 at the range by a 9-year-old with an Uzi submachine gun. (AP Photo/John Locher)
According to investigators, a young girl was at an Ariz. shooting range with her parents learning to fire an Uzi when she lost control. (Image framegrab courtesy: KLAS-TV/Mohave County Sheriff's Dept.)
According to investigators, a young girl was at an Ariz. shooting range with her parents learning to fire an Uzi when she lost control. (Image framegrab courtesy: KLAS-TV/Mohave County Sheriff's Dept.)
According to investigators, a young girl was at an Ariz. shooting range with her parents learning to fire an Uzi when she lost control. (Image framegrab courtesy: KLAS-TV/Mohave County Sheriff's Dept.)
According to investigators, a young girl was at an Ariz. shooting range with her parents learning to fire an Uzi when she lost control. (Image framegrab courtesy: KLAS-TV/8NewsNow)
According to investigators, a young girl was at an Ariz. shooting range with her parents learning to fire an Uzi when she lost control. (Image framegrab courtesy: KLAS-TV/8NewsNow)
According to investigators, a young girl was at an Ariz. shooting range with her parents learning to fire an Uzi when she lost control. (Image framegrab courtesy: KLAS-TV/8NewsNow)
According to investigators, a young girl was at an Ariz. shooting range with her parents learning to fire an Uzi when she lost control. (Image framegrab courtesy: KLAS-TV/8NewsNow)
According to investigators, a young girl was at an Ariz. shooting range with her parents learning to fire an Uzi when she lost control. (Image framegrab courtesy: KLAS-TV/8NewsNow)
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