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911 calls released in accidental shooting range death

By Bryan Callahan. CREATED Sep 2, 2014 - UPDATED: Sep 2, 2014

Mohave County, AZ (KTNV) -- There is new information regarding the 9-year-old girl who accidentally shot her shooting instructor to death in Arizona on Aug. 25.

According to a new police report, the girl said after the shooting she felt the gun was too much for her and had hurt her shoulder.

The report says the girl's parents were so focused on her they didn't realize that her instructor had been shot, until someone from the range came over to check on him.

39-year-old Charles Vacca died at the scene.

According to the report, when deputies arrived, they asked to speak to the little girl and her siblings, but their dad said he preferred no one talked with them as "they were going through a lot."

In addition, the report states the girl's father shot the gun just before his daughter and it was her mother who shot the video of the horrible accident.

Deputies said when they asked about release waivers, they were told by staff they had all blown away after the incident.

Authorities said Vacca was standing next to the girl, showing her how to shoot an automatic Uzi when the accident happened. The recoil sent the gun over the child's head when she pulled the trigger and Vacca was shot.

The investigating officer in this case is requesting the case be cleared as an accidental shooting.

The 911 calls following the shooting have been released:

911 phone call No. 1

911 phone call No. 2

911 phone call No. 3

The following statement was released on behalf of the 9-year-old's family:

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 this 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 honorably 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 accident.

Bryan Callahan

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Bryan Callahan joined the Action News team as a general assignment reporter in August of 2013.