CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Virginia state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds, the Democrats' gubernatorial nominee four years ago, was stabbed Tuesday in his head and chest at his home, and his son died at the residence from a gunshot wound, police said.
Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller wouldn't say who stabbed Deeds or how his son was shot, but she did say authorities were not looking for any suspects. The senator, who also ran for attorney general in 2005, was in critical condition at a hospital.
After the stabbing, Deeds was able to walk away from his home to a nearby road in rural western Virginia, and a cousin who was driving by happened to spot the senator, police said. They drove to the cousin's home, and a 911 call was placed from there.
Inside the senator's home in Millboro, authorities found Deeds' 24-year-old son, Gus, suffering from a gunshot wound. Despite efforts by state troopers and first responders, he died there.
"Investigators are working now on confirming the motive and actual sequence of events that took place at the residence," Geller said. "There is still a great deal of work to be done. These things take time."
She said police have been able to talk with the senator, but she wouldn't reveal what he said.
Deeds, a former Bath County prosecutor, was elected to the House of Delegates in 1991 and to the state Senate in 2001. He ran for attorney general in 2005 but lost to current Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican. The margin of victory was fewer than 400 votes out of nearly 2 million cast.
Deeds and McDonnell squared off again in 2009 in the race for governor after Deeds defeated Terry McAuliffe and Brian Moran in the Democratic primary, but Deeds lost badly in the general election.
Gus Deeds is one of the senator's four adult children. He was studying music at the College of William and Mary, where he had been enrolled off and on since 2007, but withdrew last month, school spokesman Brian Whitson said. The college said he had a strong academic record. It did not say why he left.
During Deeds' bid for governor, his son took off a semester to join his dad on the campaign trail.
"He needs me and I need him," Deeds told a reporter in the fall of 2009, about campaigning with Gus.
"I've got to go through this campaign process, but that doesn't mean I've got to be completely separated from my family the whole time," he said.