Richmond, KY – The family of the man who forced his way into a former Kentucky politician’s home and murdered his daughter said the motive behind the attack may have been the elaborate fallout shelter beneath the residence.
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 but survived the attack, WKYT reported.
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.
He was arrested at about 4:30 a.m. on Monday morning after he was spotted walking along Barnes Mill Road, WLWT reported.
KSP said Gilday was taken into custody without incident, the Lexington Herald Leader reported.
Authorities initially thought that Gilday might have been shot in the exchange of gunfire with Wesley Morgan but state police said that he was unhurt when he was apprehended.
State police said they did not yet have a motive for the attack at the Morgan home, but Gilday’s mother said she thought he son had been drawn to the property by all the publicity that had been posted about it when it was placed on the market.
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.
Gilday’s mother, Katie Gilday, told WLWT that her son has “not been of sound mind the last couple of weeks, distraught with the certainty a nuclear war is imminent.”
Katie Gilday said he talked about building a bunker and thought the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was following him.
The mother said she tried to get help for Gilday but he refused, WLWT reported.
Gilday has been charged with murder, first-degree burglary, first-degree criminal mischief, first-degree assault, and two counts of attempted murder.
“We are thankful the search for Gilday has come to an end, and are grateful for the public and other agencies that have remained vigilant since Gilday was named a suspect on Thursday,” KSP Sergeant Robert Purdy said in a statement. “Their efforts ultimately resulted in his safe apprehension early this morning.”