Democratic state Senator Creigh Deeds (D-Bath) is in critical condition at the University of Virginia Medical Center after being stabbed on Tuesday morning, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. His 24-year-old son Gus was also fatally shot.
State police were called to the lawmakers home in Bath County around 7:25 a.m. and are investigating the incident.
A news release issued by Virginia State Police said Deeds was “stabbed multiple times about the head and upper torso.”
“After the stabbing, Senator Deeds left the scene on foot and walked down the hill of his residence to Route 42. The injured senator was spotted and picked up by a cousin who was driving along Route 42. The two drove to the cousin’s residence where the 911 call was placed to the sheriff’s office.”
Gus was “found inside the residence suffering from life-threatening injuries associated with a gunshot wound,” according to state police.
Sgt. Mike King told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that Gus died of an “apparent” self-inflicted gunshot.
At a news conference in Charlottesville, Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said police were not looking for suspects. She would not confirm whether the gunshot wound was self-inflicted.
“Investigators are working now on confirming the motive and actual sequence of events that took place at the residence this morning,” Geller said in a statement. “There is still a great deal of work to be done. These things take time and we will follow up with more details once we are at that stage.”
Deeds ran for governor of Virgina in 2009, but was defeated by Republican Bob McDonnell.
McDonnell described the incident as “utterly heartbreaking.” He said Deeds was “an exceptional and committed public servant” who “cares deeply about Virginia.”
Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones decried the “senseless act of violence against a good and gentle man.”
[This story has been updated]
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