Virginia state lawmaker and onetime candidate for governor Creigh Deeds suffered serious injuries after being stabbed in the head and upper torso several times inside his home Tuesday, police said.
Deeds, 55, was flown from his home in Bath County and is being treated at UVA Hospital in Charlottesville. The hospital says he is in critical condition.
Virginia State Police Public Relations Manager Corinne Geller said when authorities arrived at Deeds’ Millboro home, they also found his 24-year-old son, Gus, suffering injuries from a life-threatening gunshot wound. He later died at the scene, Geller said.
Virginia and national Democratic sources who spoke to Fox News cited Virginia law enforcement authorities as alleging that Gus Deeds stabbed his father before shooting himself.
Police say they are still searching for a motive, but they are not looking for any suspects at this point.
Geller said authorities responded to the home at 7:25 a.m. local time after receiving a 911 call, but she did not disclose the source of the call. The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Salem Field Office is still investigating the scene.
"It's a very complex investigation," Geller said. She added that 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, in a special election after the death of Emily Couric.
In 2005, he lost a Virginia attorney general race to current Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell, with the margin of victory was fewer than 400 votes out of nearly 2 million cast.
In 2009, he lost again to McDonnell in the governor’s race.
"In this tough and sad time, our thoughts and prayers are with the Deeds family. The news from this morning is utterly heartbreaking,” McDonnell said in a statement. “At this moment, our state unites in prayer for Creigh Deeds and his family."
Deeds, a rural Democrat who drafted a constitutional amendment guaranteeing Virginians' right to hunt, long enjoyed support from the National Rifle Association and other gun-rights advocates.
Deeds and his wife, Pam, divorced shortly after the 2009 campaign.
Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe called it a sad day for Virginia and the many people who know Creigh.
"We join people across the Commonwealth and country in wishing him a full recovery," he said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.