Virginia Man Shoots Self, Wife, at Gun Safety Class

By Suzan Clarke

Apr 24, 2012 8:40pm
gty handgun class shooting jrs 120424 wblog Virginia Man Shoots Self, Wife, at Gun Safety Class

                                                                                                 (Image Credit: Getty Images)

A Virginia man accidentally shot himself and his wife while they were at a gun safety class over the weekend.

Michael L. Deel,  54, and his wife, Michelle Deel, 49, are recovering from the injuries they suffered during the Saturday firearms safety course, which was reportedly held inside a private home in Roanoke, Va.

The instructor, Thomas Starke, told police he had left the room, heard a shot, and returned to find the Deels injured, the Roanoke Times reported.

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office said Deel shot himself in the hand with a .45-caliber handgun. The bullet went through Deel’s hand and hit Michelle Deel, seated next to him, in the leg.

A woman who answered the phone at the Deels’ home tonight told ABCNews.com that the family had no comment.

The Deels were taken to a nearby hospital and treated for their injuries, which were not thought to be life-threatening.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

SHOWS:
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus