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Suspect 'distraught' about nuclear war accused of killing daughter of Kentucky lawmaker during home invasion

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Source: Kentucky State Police; UNSPLASH

Feb. 28 2022, Published 3:22 p.m. ET

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A suspect allegedly broke into the home of a former Kentucky politician and shot the man’s attorney daughter to death while she slept, authorities said.

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On Feb. 28 shortly after 4:30 a.m., authorities located Shannon Gilday, 23, walking along a road in Madison County and took him into custody on warrants for murder, burglary, criminal mischief, assault, and two counts of attempted murder.

According to Kentucky State Police, on Feb. 22, Gilday, armed with a rifle, allegedly got into the family home of 32-year-old Jordan Morgan in Richmond around 4 a.m. and fatally shot her multiple times while she was in bed.

Police obtained surveillance footage from the $6.5 million residence. The video allegedly shows who detectives believe to be Gilday casing the house in a camo-style jacket and pants, hooded sweatshirt, gloves and a facemask, the Louisville Courier Journal reported.

After Jordan Morgan's murder, Gilday allegedly exchanged shots with the victim’s father, former Kentucky politician Wesley Morgan, and then fled, police said.

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Wesley Morgan was wounded but his injuries were non-life threatening.

After the shooting, Katie Gilday posted on Facebook that her son “has not been of sound mind the last couple of weeks,” the Courier Journal reported.


She claimed the murder suspect has been “distraught with the certainty a nuclear war is imminent” and that he “spoke of building a bunker and the CIA following him.”

“I tried to get him psychiatric help but to no avail,” Gilday’s mother reportedly wrote.

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At a Feb. 27 vigil, Wesley Morgan, whose home is equipped with an underground bunker, called his daughter’s alleged killer a “a low-life piece of dog crap.”

“I hope I get to engage again because the next time it will have a totally different outcome,” he said, according to the Courier Journal.

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Source: Kentucky State Police; UNSPLASH

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