Madison County, KY – Police are searching for 23-year-old killer who forced his way into a former Kentucky politician’s home on Tuesday morning, murdered his former prosecutor daughter, and then engaged in a gunfight with the lawmaker.
The incident occurred on Feb. 22 at the home of former Kentucky State Representative Wesley Morgan, located in the 1200-block of Willis Branch Road, just outside of Richmond, WKYT reported.
Kentucky State Police (KSP) said that 23-year-old Shannon V. Gilday forced his way into Wesley Morgan’s home and then fatally shot 32-year-old Jordan Morgan in her bed, WXIX reported.
State police troopers said that after Gilday murdered Jordan Morgan, he then confronted her father and engaged in a gun battle with the homeowner.
The older man was shot, WKYT reported.
Authorities believe that Gilday may also have been hurt in the exchange of gunfire but he did not turn up at any local medical centers for treatment, WKYT reported.
Wesley Morgan was wounded but survived the attack.
Police do not believe there was any prior connection between Gilday and Jordan Morgan, who had only been staying at the family home on an occasional basis.
KSP said the preliminary investigation did not indicate that Jordan Morgan was Gilday’s intended target, WKYT reported.
Authorities launched a manhunt for Gilday, whom police said fled in a white 2016 Toyota Corolla full of camping equipment and could stay out in the woods for a long time, weather permitting.
Police asked people to be on the lookout in rural areas and in state and national parklands and warned not to approach Gilday if they spotted him.
KSP said the fugitive is wanted on murder, burglary, criminal mischief, assault, and attempted murder charges, and should be considered armed and dangerous, WKYT reported.
JUST IN | @kystatepolice just sent me this photo of what they say is Shannon Gilday’s car, a 2016 Toyota Corolla.
It was allegedly at the scene of the home invasion/murder in Madison Co where he is the suspect. The photo was captured in Ohio on Feb. 16 by Blue Ash, Ohio PD. #WKYT pic.twitter.com/weD4FmxzKf
— Chad Hedrick (@ChadHedrickWKYT) February 25, 2022
Jordan Morgan was a former Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for Boone and Gallatin counties, WXIX reported.
She had just joined the nearby Reminger law firm last week.
“Reminger wishes to express its sincere condolences to the Morgan family,” the law firm said in a statement. “While Ms. Morgan was employed at Reminger for only one week, we knew her as a pleasant colleague with a promising future as an attorney.”
“We are shocked and saddened at the circumstances surrounding her unfortunate death. Thank you for respecting our sensitivity to the family’s circumstances during this time,” the statement read.
Jordan Morgan’s father was a one-term state representative who during his time in the state house introduced controversial legislation to protect drivers who run over protesters who block traffic.
Wesley Morgan challenged longtime incumbent U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) in the 2020 primary but failed to secure the GOP nomination.
Authorities have not yet said if they have discovered any connection between the former lawmaker and Gilday, but KSP said investigators have not yet discovered a motive for the home invasion.
The Madison County home that was invaded by Gilday is currently up for sale for $3 million and has an elaborate bunker, WXIX reported.
Twenty-six feet beneath the rural home’s nine bedrooms and 10 bathrooms lies a 2,000 square-foot fallout shelter built to “withstand a Seismic 12 earthquake,” according to the real estate website.
The bunker also has two escape tunnels, WXIX reported.
“I just wanted someplace safe,” Morgan told the Lexington Herald Leader when he was asked about it in January of 2021. “I saw the bad stuff that was going on in the world, and I think there’s a lot of bad stuff going on in the world right now. If we don’t get our act together, we’re gonna end up in a civil war.”
Details pictures and maps of the property were available on the real estate website before the home invasion, according to WXIX.