LAS VEGAS -- A shooting instructor was killed when a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot him with an Uzi she was shooting at the Bullets and Burgers gun range in White Hills.
8 News NOW checked on the Bullets and Burgers gun range and found out it had been scrutinized long before Monday's Uzi shooting death. 8 News NOW has uncovered a lawsuit filed against the gun range.
The man who filed the suit said he feared something like this tragedy would happen.
The Mohave County Sheriff's Office has not returned our phone calls since Tuesday. Sheriff Jim McCabe is not being made available for interviews.
The Bullets and Burgers gun range is now refusing to talk with us as well, but a man who sued over the gun range is talking.
"I stated on the record before the court, I said, ‘somebody is going to get killed up there," Lance Krig, who filed the lawsuit, said
That is what happened Monday morning, when 39-year-old Charlie Vacca was shot and killed by a 9-year-old New Jersey girl who lost control of an Uzi.
Her family recorded the cell phone video moments before she lost control of the weapon. Krig was horrified learning of the accident.
"I, of course, was sickened with the devastating news, but I was not surprised," Krig said.
Krig's brother owns property at the Triangle Airpark in White Hills, Arizona, next door to the Arizona Last Stop complex where the gun range is located.
Krig says in 2012, when the sounds of gunfire suddenly starting shattering the calm of the desert, he was alarmed.
"The more I realized that the place was deadly dangerous for not only myself, but the public as well," Krig said.
So, he sued over noise.
"It was my only option," Krig said.
Krig had a larger motive, arguing in court documents the gun range was a "continuing threat to public safety," worried about stray bullets hurting bystanders, or hitting airplanes.
"I asked the judge to, on his own; above and beyond to act and shut down the shooting range until there could be further review by proper authorities," Krig said.
Attorneys for the range fired back in court documents.
"'It appears, through his own testimony, the plaintiff engaged in multiple attempts to coerce governmental authorities into taking action against the defendants without any reasonable basis other than the purpose of harassment.'" Krig said quoting the lawsuit, "I wonder if that's their position today."
8 News NOW reached out to the attorney who represented the gun range in this case, but he wasn't available.
8 News NOW did speak with the range operator by phone, and he said they're not commenting anymore, and need to remember the victim and the girl.
On Tuesday, the range did stress they followed all safety measures and never had an incident before.
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