By John Montone, 1010 WINS
The subject line of the e-mail from editor Maloney read: Young Shooter.
Broadcasters use the word “shocked” much too often. Anchors will say, “We have the “shocking details from Bum-hum,” and then the reporter standing in Bum-hum will nod his head and say, “Bum-hummers living on this tree-lined street are “shocked.” Perhaps. As for me, after watching the south tower of the World Trade Center vaporize, I am rarely “shocked.”
But the story called “Young Shooter” did the trick.
I opened the e-mail on my phone at 3:30 A.M. and read the tale of the family from New Jersey on vacation in Western Arizona. They stopped at a shooting range near the Nevada state line called, “Bullets and Burgers.” How clever. Pump a target full of lead then talk about it while tearing into a quarter pound patty of chopped, bleeding beef. I prefer the beach, but if learning how to fire a gun is a person’s idea of fun, have a blast.
But this time the shooter was a 9-year-old girl and the gun was an Uzi — an automatic weapon. You probably know the awful details by now. As her parents shot video with their cell phones, the girl in pink shorts and a pony tail shot the sub-machine gun. The instructor, 39-year old Charles Vacca, guided her each step of the way through a single shot and then in automatic mode which is when the local sheriff described what he called a “ghastly” scene.