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Gun safety class backfires: Man shoots self and wife

They don't teach you this in gun safety class: A man in Roanoke, Va., shot himself in the hand while in class -- and then the bullet continued on and struck his wife in the leg.

Michael Deel, 54, and Michelle Deel, 49, were treated at a local hospital, Roanoke.com reported.


Bedford County Sheriff's deputies responded to a call from the firearms safety class taught by Thomas Starke, who had briefly left the room when the shooting happened.

About five people were at the class last Saturday when Michael Deel fired the .45 caliber handgun, deputies said.

An investigation was opened, though Michael Deel called it a "stupid accident," according to The Associated Press.

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