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Va. Man Shoots Self, Wife During Gun Safety Class

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - A Roanoke man and his wife are recovering after he accidentally shot himself and her during a firearms safety class.      

The Bedford County Sheriff's Office tells media outlets that Michael L. Deel shot himself in the hand with a .45-caliber handgun. The bullet also struck his wife, Michelle, in the leg as she was sitting beside him.      

The incident occurred Saturday during a firearms safety class at a residence. The instructor, Thomas Starke, told police that he had left the room and then heard a shot.      

The Deels were taken to a local hospital where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries. 

Michael Deel says the shooting was a "stupid accident."                     

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