Shannon Gilday's mother has revealed a bizarre possible motive behind her son's alleged killing of Jordan Morgan.
Wesley Morgan's $6million+ home had a nuclear bunker beneath it, and according Gilday's mom Katie, it may have been what he was after.
In a statement to Daily Mail, she said the 23-year-old ex-soldier "has not been of sound mind the last couple of weeks, distraught with the certainty a nuclear war is imminent."
"He spoke of building a bunker and the CIA following him."
She said she had tried to get her son psychiatric help but to no avail, and appealed for him to hand himself in "so that he can get the help he so desperately needs."
The theory appears to line up with the "incredible tip" that police say led them to finger Gilday; according to the outlet, a neighbor had alerted authorities in the wake of the murder after noticing Gilday's car was missing, and recalling him showing off the real estate listing for the home and saying he would kill everyone inside.
Morgan reportedly constructed the 100ft bunker, equipped with two escape tunnels and built to withstand a massive earthquake, after Barack Obama took office in 2009.
"This is reported to be the most secure home on the market in this country," a realtor listing said at the time.
Kentucky State Police confirmed that the nuclear bunker was a possible motive behind the attack.
"We are considering that as a motive, yes," a spokesman told the outlet. "We are not going to rule out other options and until we talk to Gilday personally we can't say for sure, but when his mother issued her statement speaking about his fears (of nuclear war) it did not come as a surprise to us."
original story: 2/24/2022 3:29 PM PST
The daughter of former Kentucky State Representative Wesley Morgan has been killed in a break-in at his mansion — and police believe they know who is responsible.
32-year-old Jordan Morgan was shot dead while she slept at her father's home on Tuesday morning; her dad was also shot three times, but survived.
On Thursday, Kentucky State Police identified the suspect: 23-year-old Shannon V. Gilday.
They say that at 4 AM, Gilday forced his way into the $6million Madison County home on Willis Branch Road, armed with a rifle.
"Once inside, he fatally shot 32-year-old Jordan Morgan while she was in bed," they claimed.
According to police, the victim's father armed himself and confronted the intruder, and a gunfight broke out: Morgan was struck twice in the arm and once in the hip. The suspect fled the scene in a white Toyota Corolla; investigators say he was possibly injured in the shootout.
Luckily for Morgan his injuries were non life-threatening; however the bereaved father told Fox56 he will never recover from the loss of his beloved first-born daughter.
"I'm heartbroken. I can't understand why and would give anything on this Earth if it would have been me rather than her, I'd much rather it'd been me," he said.
A motive for the attack still remains a mystery; there is no known connection between the suspect and victims.
Morgan, who was a member of Kentucky House of Representatives from 2017-2019, said the break-in happened a few hours after he and his daughter had been watching TV together, and she went to bed.
"The last thing we did was watch an episode of 1883. She got up put her arm around me and said 'I love you daddy' and I said 'I love you too' and then she went to bed and that son of a [expletive] killed her."
"I'll be 72 in July," he added. "My life will never be the same until the day I die I will think of her, yes I will."
Police issued a warrant for Gilday's arrest, on counts murder, assault, burglary, and two counts of attempted murder.
He is described as white, approximately 6' tall and 167 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.
Police say surveillance footage showed the suspect wearing a camo or tactical style pants and jacket, dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, gloves, and a light-colored face mask.
"Do not approach the vehicle or attempt to contact the driver for safety reasons," police warned. "Shannon Gilday is considered armed and dangerous."