Creigh Deeds, a longtime state senator who ran unsuccessfully for governor of Virginia in 2009, was hospitalized with stab wounds Tuesday in an incident in which his adult-age son died of a gunshot wound, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.
Deeds, a 55-year-old Democrat, was in critical condition at the University of Virginia Medical Center, the newspaper said.
The Virginia state police said in a brief news release that troopers had responded to a call at Deeds' home in Millsboro regarding "an assault of a state legislator."
As to the report of the death of Deed's son, Gus, the VPS said only that "a second individual at the residence is deceased." The Times-Dispatch quoted unnamed law enforcement services for its report.
Deeds, a longtime state legislator, ran unsuccessfully for attorney general in 2005. He had four children with his first wife, whom he divorced in 2010. He remarried in 2012.
In 2009, he defeated Terry McAuliffe for the Democratic nomination for governor in a three-way race, but lost to Bob McDonnell, the current Republican governor. McAuliffe recently won the race for governor as McDonnell's successor.
The governor-elect tweeted on Tuesday: "Dorothy and I are praying for the Deeds family at this difficult time."
"Stunning news from Bath County," Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said in a tweet. "I am praying for @CreighDeeds and his family at this very, very difficult time".
U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said in a tweet: "Praying for Creigh Deeds and his family."