911 calls released in Arizona accidental gun range shooting

By Brian Carlson

Published 09/02 2014 09:34PM

Updated 09/03 2014 12:55PM

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) – Frightening moments are being made public after an Arizona gun instructor was accidentally shot and killed by his 9 year old student. The young girl was firing an Uzi machine gun. Tuesday police released the 911 calls.

If you can imagine watching someone accidentally get shot in the head, you then get a sense for the emotion and panic people were feeling when they called 911 last Monday in Arizona.

WARNING: Some of the conversations in the calls are graphic, and they may be disturbing for younger readers.

Operator: "911, What's your emergency?"
Caller: "I have a gun range officer that got shot in the head, we're at Last Stop."

Police are now releasing the frantic 911 calls made as a gun instructor in Arizona laid wounded losing his life.

Caller: "We need a helicopter, an ambulance ain't gonna work. We need a helicopter."
Operator: "Okay Rick, we've got one on the way okay?"

Last week, 39 year old Charlie Vacca was teaching a 9 year old girl how to shoot an Uzi machine gun at the Last Stop shooting range near Las Vegas in Mohave County Arizona.

"Alright. Go ahead and give me one shot," Instructor Charlie Vacca said to the young student in a video.

You can see Vacca standing next to the girl when she pulled the trigger. The kickback was too powerful for her and she lost control. A stray bullet hit Vacca in the head.

Caller: "Where's he shot?"
Witness: "Right in the head dude."
Caller: "He's shot in the head?"
Witness: "Yes.”
Caller: "He's breathing (inaudible)"
Witness: "Pick him up."

While people at the range checked on the instructor's condition, some got frustrated medical help had not yet arrived.

Operator: "911"
Caller: "Hi, I just called from the Last Stop, where the **** is the helicopter?"
Operator: "Uh, let me get medical back on the line for you, hold on please."

In the calls you can hear Vacca struggle to survive.

Caller: "Breathe"
Vacca: (Inaudible)
Caller: "C'mon Charlie, C'mon."
Vacca: (Inaudible)

He would eventually die from the wound.

"It's like losing a brother. These aren't employees or associates of ours. These are family. We're all family," Sam Scarmardo of Last Stop told KDRV.

What you didn't hear in the calls was as the instructor was dying, he went into a series of seizures. According to reports Tuesday, the girl is now saying the gun was too much for her.

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