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Gun accident in Arizona could have been prevented, local experts say

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Gun accident in Arizona could have been prevented, local experts say

By Shannon Sims. CREATED Aug 27, 2014 - UPDATED: Aug 28, 2014

WEST ALLIS -- It's the image that has stunned many; A 9-year-old being instructed to shoot an Uzi at an Arizona gun range.  

Her next attempt with the submachine gun would be fatal  -- shooting and killing her instructor.  

"Seeing it on video I can see all the mistakes that happened," said Eric Grabowski, a manager at The Shooters Shop in West Allis. "Firearms have the tendency to move and turn to the left..." 

Grabowski says a few simple steps would have prevented this deadly accident.

"The instructor should have stood to the back and to the right," he said. "He should have had some control on that firearm. I would have also instructed short controlled bursts." 

A little hesitant even after getting instruction, Grabowski walked me through firing an Uzi similar to the one used by the child in the video.

Meanwhile, Grabowski says his heart goes out to both the child and the instructor's family.  

"It is your job as instructor to make sure that the area is safe and that you take yourself out of the equation," Grabowski  said. "It has nothing to do with a 9-year-old with a sub-machine gun"

Shannon Sims

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Shannon Sims joined the TODAY'S TMJ4 team after working (most recently) with the morning team on FOX19 in Cincinnati, Ohio.