November 19th, 2013
10:31 AM ET
9 years ago

Virginia legislator in critical condition after home assault

Updated 11:26 a.m. ET, 11/19/13

(CNN) - Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds was hospitalized for "serious injuries" after an assault Tuesday morning at his house in Bath County, where a second individual was found dead, Virginia state police said.

Deeds was flown to the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, where he remains in critical condition, according to spokesperson Angela Taylor.

Taylor could not provide additional details.

Deeds ran unsuccessfully as the Democratic nominee for governor against Republican Bob McDonnell in 2009 and as the Democratic nominee for Attorney General–also against McDonnell–in 2005. He narrowly lost the latter race in a recount.

McDonnell released a statement calling the news "heartbreaking."

"In this tough and sad time, our thoughts and prayers are with the Deeds family. The news from this morning is utterly heartbreaking," he said. "Creigh Deeds is an exceptional and committed public servant who has always done what he believes is best for Virginia and who gives his all to public service. He cares deeply about Virginia, and the people of Virginia care deeply for him."

Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe, who won this month's gubernatorial contest, also released a statement.

"Dorothy and I are praying for Senator Creigh Deeds and his family in the wake of this awful tragedy," the Democrat said. "This is a truly sad day for Virginia and for the many people who know Creigh as the fine public servant and friend he is. We join people across the Commonwealth and country in wishing him a full recovery."

Other lawmakers from Virginia reacted on Twitter.

Filed under: Creigh Deeds • Virginia
soundoff (112 Responses)
  1. John Malcolm

    His son did it

    November 19, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. Vee

    according to fox news ... the son died of self inflicted wounds...

    November 19, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  3. Bob

    CNN, get with the updates. His son tried to kill him and then shot himself. This has been known for at least an hour.

    November 19, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  4. Churn O'bill

    Creeds was stabbed by his son, then his son killed himself. C'mon CNN, learn how to use wikipedia.

    November 19, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. krabz

    Sad state of affairs.

    November 19, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  6. Larry

    Prayers to the family!

    November 19, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. dave d.

    Thoughts and prayers for Creigh Deeds recovery.

    November 19, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. doc77

    Prayers for the family.

    November 19, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  9. eagle42

    Foxnews reports he was stabbed by his son who later was shot with a self inflicted gunshot.

    November 19, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  10. kim cumbo

    Who is the second victim? The story kind of lets you speculate.. I'm thinking a girlfriend.

    November 19, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  11. Joe in Kalispell

    I wonder if this was a break-in gone bad or a targeted attack?

    November 19, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  12. rlr

    My thoughts and prayers are with this family during this tragedy. To lose a son, and deal with this serious injury – so tough.

    November 19, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  13. David

    I, too am horrified, and wish a speedy recovery for Sen. Deeds. I, too find the political hate speech in comments reprehensible. I am looking forward to the News Article that covers the facts of the assault, because as of 11:35, the only fact in the article are that Sen Deeds was seriously injured, "someone else" is dead, and the title tells me the Senator is in critical condition. The comments are where I might learn about what happened. Comments from 10 minutes ago saying who is dead, and suggesting a sequence of events. I'm hoping the primary article will confirm and post soon.

    November 19, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  14. Cindy

    It was his son that was killed. He attacked his father, and then killed himself. Truly a sad situation for the Deeds family. How about we all show some respect for them at this awful time and hold off on the snotty remarks?

    November 19, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  15. mplaya

    Condolences to all. Is it really necessary to dwell on the gruesome particulars? If his sone was invloved and is now gone, it just makes it all the more horrific for the family. Hoping one day they can make sense of all of it, move on and live in peace.

    November 19, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  16. tfredleg

    my thoughts and prayer go out to the family.

    November 19, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  17. kim cumbo

    thanks to all who saw the story on another news show and confirmed it was his son.

    November 19, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  18. Miller

    Son was involved – private family matter

    November 19, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  19. Mike

    Everyone likes to throw that "pray" word around like it's the politically correct thing to do. I wonder how many actually pray?

    November 19, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  20. Mike Jones

    Gus stabs father, father shoots and kills son, Gus.

    November 19, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  21. Anonymous

    Mental Illness again.

    November 19, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  22. boredofceleb

    What a tragic story! It's bad enough to have a child commit suicide, but to have him attempt to kill you as well, first? If he survives this, that would be a double whammy for him to cope with! Praying he DOES survive, but he'll need a lot of help to get through it mentally, if he does.

    November 19, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  23. Stuck in a grind

    Prayers for the family.

    November 19, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  24. cneder

    For accurate reporting on this matter please turn to Fox News. Keep Deeds and his family in your prayers.

    November 19, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  25. Little Owlet

    Dear Lord, please let Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds live, to continue serving the people of Virginia. But most of all to praise the Father Almighty who is in heaven!

    November 19, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
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