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(ROANOKE, Va.) — 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 in Bedford County.

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 Tuesday night told ABC News 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.

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