The suspect of a fatal shooting at the home of a former lawmaker arrested


RICHMOND, Ky. (KT) – A northern Kentucky man accused of killing a Madison County woman and injuring her father, a former state legislator, was arrested early Monday morning, it was reported Kentucky State Police.

Shannon Gilday, 23, of Taylor Mill, was spotted by a Madison County Sheriff’s Office deputy walking along Barnes Mill Road just after 4:30 a.m. Monday. Gilday was taken into custody without incident.

Police charged Gilday in a warrant last week with murder, first-degree burglary, first-degree criminal mischief, first-degree assault and two counts of attempted murder.

According to KSP, the shooting took place on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at a home on Willis Branch Road in Madison County, owned by former state Rep. Wesley Morgan. Gilday reportedly broke into the house around 4 a.m. armed with a gun. Once inside, he shot 32-year-old Jordan Morgan while she was in bed.

After being shot, Gilday is accused of confronting her father, Wesley Morgan, and gunfire was exchanged between the two. Morgan suffered a minor injury and Gilday left the scene in a white passenger car.

Surveillance video from outside the house shows a person walking past the house, and police said they believe that person to be Gilday.

Morgan served one term as state representative for Richmond and Berea in Madison County.

Gilday’s mother released a statement on Friday that her son was “distraught over the certainty that nuclear war is imminent”, media reported.

“My son Shannon Gilday, whom I love so much, has been insane for the past few weeks, shaken by the knowledge that a nuclear war is imminent. He spoke of the construction of a bunker and the CIA tracking him. I tried to ask him for psychiatric help, but to no avail,” she said.

There is a well-stocked bunker under Morgan’s house and the Kentucky State Police Sgt. Robert Purdy has previously said investigators “knew[the bunker]was a possible motive”, but would only know for sure after speaking with Gilday.

He is housed at the Madison County Detention Center in Richmond. No bond has been set.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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