A Virginia state Senator was is in the hospital in critical condition, and his son shot and killed, after a disturbing incident at his home on Tuesday morning. The few confirmed details left citizens with more questions than answers.
All we know for sure at this stage is that Democratic Sen. Creigh Deeds (who lost a governor's race to Bob McDonnell in 2009), suffered "serious injuries" after being assaulted in his Bath County home Tuesday morning, according to WUSA9. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Deeds was stabbed and is now in critical condition after being rushed to the University of Virginia Medical Center. Deeds' son, Gus, was also found dead in the home from a gunshot wound, law enforcement sources told the Times-Dispatch.
(Update. 12:20 p.m. Virginia state police offered few details about the investigation during a scheduled press briefing. Spokeswoman Corinne Geller confirmed Deeds was stabbed multiple times in the head and torso. But, other than that, Geller would only say police are trying to confirm the motive and sequence of events. She did say police are not looking for a suspect. More information is expected later today.)
(Update, 3:49 p.m. At a second briefing Tuesday, Virginia state police confirmed Deeds was stabbed after an altercation with his eldest sun, Gus Deeds, and they're investigating an "attempted murder-suicide."")
While there are other official details available, there are other unconfirmed reports that suggest a disturbing family scene. One local paper, The Recorder, says Gus "stabbed his father, Sen. Creigh Deeds, this morning, and then shot himself," citing witnesses at the crime scene. A reporter for the local NBC affiliate is pushing the same story, citing law enforcement sources.
(Update, 1:51 p.m. The Times-Dispatch now reports Gus Deeds was released from psychiatric care Monday because there were no beds available. Deeds was placed under an emergency custody order and could have been held for up to three days.)