The police report from the tragic accidental gun range shooting involving a nine-year-old girl was apparently released today, and it's being described as a "chilling portrait" of a family whose lives were forever changed in a split second.
According to the New York Times, neither the nine-year-old who lost control of the gun—fatally shooting her instructor—nor her family were initially aware of what happened.
Her parents did not immediately realize what had happened after the automatic machine gun recoiled in the girl's hands, shooting wildly on the morning of Aug. 25. The couple, visiting a recreational shooting range on a family vacation, then rushed over to comfort their daughter as she complained that "the gun was too much for her and it hurt her shoulder," according to new details of the shooting released by the Mohave County Sheriff's Office.
The parents reportedly only realized their child had shot the instructor when another range employee rushed over to administer aid—at which point they whisked their three children away from the scene. The father apparently declined to let police interview any of his children, saying they were "going through a lot."
The Times also notes a strange detail in the tragic case—apparently, when police asked to see the family's release waivers, "staff members said the papers had been blown away by the wind and could not be recovered."
No charges will be filed in the case.
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