The man accused of shooting dead a former Kentucky lawmaker’s daughter is convinced nuclear war is on its way and decided the super-secure home he is accused of attacking was the perfect place to ride it out.
Ex-soldier Vince Gilday, 23, ‘has not been of sound mind the last couple of weeks, distraught with the certainty a nuclear war is imminent,’ his mom Katie said in a statement.
‘He spoke of building a bunker and the CIA following him.
‘I tried to get him psychiatric help but to no avail.’
Gilday is currently on the run after allegedly shooting Jordan Morgan, 32, to death as she slept in her father’s mansion, which is equipped with a fully-stocked nuclear bunker early Tuesday morning. He is charged with murder, first degree burglary, assault and two counts of attempted murder.
Her father Wesley Morgan, 71, and his wife Lindsey, 40 – Jordan’s stepmother – were injured but are expected to recover fully. A fourth person was also treated at the hospital.
Wesley Morgan is a former Republican Kentucky State Representative who finished second to Mitch McConnell in a seven-person primary for the US Senate in 2020.
Vince Gilday, 23, is convinced nuclear war is coming and spoke of building a bunker, his mother said
Former Kentucky state representative Wesley Morgan built the underground bunker when Barack Obama was elected president. His daughter Jordan was shot and killed by an intruder on Tuesday morning
The rear window of the mansion on Willis Branch Road, Richmond was shattered as the intruder broke in and killed Jordan Morgan
Police say suspect Vince Gilday, 23, forced his way into former State Rep. Wesley Morgan’s $6.5million mansion at around 4am Tuesday armed with a rifle
Morgan built the bunker underneath his house on Willis Branch Road in Richmond, Kentucky, when Barack Obama became president.
In her statement Katie Gilday called on her son – who she referred to by his first name Shannon even though he uses his middle name – to turn himself in ‘so that he can get the help he so desperately needs.’
A source told that police were led to Gilday by a neighbor who noticed his car was missing and recalled him showing off the real estate listing to Morgan’s home and saying he would kill all inside.
The listing boasted of a shelter 26 feet underground with a 39 inch solid concrete ceiling and 15 inch walls.
‘This is reported to be the most secure home on the market in this country,’ the realtors wrote. ‘It is built to withstand a Seismic 12 earthquake, has 3 air filtrations from Switzerland and 2 escape tunnels, one is approximately 100 yards long.’
But all the security in the world couldn’t keep the intruder out. He just smashed a rear ground-floor window and clambered in, has learned.
Once inside, the burglar killed Jordan, 32, as she slept, shooting her ‘more than once’ where she lay.
Morgan and his wife were both injured when Morgan and the burglar exchanged fire during an alleged ‘confrontation’ between the men after which Gilday allegedly fled.
Morgan has since been released from hospital and is expected to recover from his minor wounds, but in an emotional statement Wednesday, he told how he will never get over the death of his first-born child.
By Friday, the yellow crime scene tape that cordoned off the $6.5million mansion had come down.
Gilday joined the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) while studying Bioengineering at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, according to social media
The 2,000-square foot, steel-enforced bunker itself is said to be worth $3million. Gilday’s mother said her son thinks a nuclear war is coming and spoke of building a bunker
The home was listed for sale last year and was advertised complete with a nuclear bunker and able to withstand nuclear attack and the strongest of earthquakes. Pictured, the food reserves
The bunker is 26 feet below ground with a 39 inch thick ceiling and 15 inch thick walls. It was built to survive the strongest earthquake
A panel of one of the windows towards the building’s rear has been completely removed and covered with plastic. Broken glass is visible on the ledge and a ladder is propped against a low stone wall directly next to it
Gilday (right) allegedly shot and killed Morgan’s daughter, Jordan Morgan (left) as she slept and left the former lawmaker and his wife wounded. He later fled the scene and remains on the loose
It lies tattered at the bottom of the quarter mile of road that snakes up towards the house which sits, exposed and desolate, on the crest of a hill on the outskirts of Richmond.
A panel of one of the windows towards the building’s rear has been completely removed and covered with plastic. Broken glass is visible on the ledge and a ladder is propped against a low stone wall directly next to it.
Behind, the mansion’s large salt-water pool and outdoor seating area, sit bleak against a gray February sky.
The home was listed for sale by Morgan last year.
Surveillance camera footage shows the gunman approaching the house dressed in camouflage or ‘tactical style,’ pants and jacket, a dark-colored hoodie, gloves and a light-colored facemask.
Kentucky State Police, Richmond Police Department, Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Madison County Coroner, ATF, Madison County Attorney’s Office and the Police Department in Taylor Mill, Kentucky – Gilday’s hometown – are all involved in the investigation.
Gilday, who police say may have been injured, is currently the subject of a manhunt and has been described by police as ‘armed and dangerous.’
KSP Trooper Robert Purdy told that the presence of Morgan’s nuclear bunker was being viewed as a possible motive for Gilday to target the isolated home.
‘We are considering that as a motive, yes,’ he said. ‘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.’
Authorities do not believe that Jordan was the target of the attack during which she was shot and killed. The Madison County Coroner’s Office confirmed that Jordan was shot ‘more than once’.
‘This was a family situation. He forced his way into the home,’ said Purdy. ‘Everybody in the home was asleep at the time and awoke to gunshots.’
Purdy added that he was not aware of Gilday having any criminal record and Taylor Mill Police Department described him as, ‘nowhere on their radar.’
On November 3, 2017, an enthusiastic Facebook post revealed ‘MIS Gilday,’ as ‘Cadet of the Week’ for the University of Hawaii Army ROTC
Vince Gilday as a child. The ex-soldier left Hawaii under a cloud over money he owed a drug dealer but then joined the army in Fort Huachuca, Arizona where he ran into disciplinary problems after fighting another soldier
Yellow crime scene tape now lies tattered at the house and at the bottom of the quarter mile of road that snakes up towards the house which sits, exposed and desolate, on the crest of a hill on the outskirts of Richmond
Police have now issued a warrant for Gilday’s arrest as he remains on the run. He is described as being about six feet tall and weighing 167 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes and was seen fleeing in a white Toyota Corolla.
A family member who asked not to be identified recalled Gilday as “always polite and respectful” and close with his family.
The family member revealed that Gilday had been seeing a psychiatrist and that the family was aware of his mental health issues. Recent events had proved ‘profoundly shocking’ to the family because they had hoped that he was getting the help he needed.
Gilday once harbored ambitions of becoming a doctor in the army. He revealed this aspiration during his time as a student studying Bioengineering at the University of Hawaii at Manoa where he was on an ROTC scholarship.
On November 3, 2017, an enthusiastic Facebook post revealed ‘MIS Gilday,’ as ‘Cadet of the Week.’
His commander noted Gilday’s ‘enthusiasm and openness to learning.’ He was described as a ‘shining light’ in the class whose dedication had earned him tuition waiver.
The commander concluded, ‘We are excited to see what is in store for him.’
For his part, Gilday wrote that he decided to join the Army ROTC because, he viewed it as, ‘one of the few bastions of chivalry and apolitical service to the people.’
He continued: ‘One of the aspects of Warrior Battalion I most particularly appreciate is the high standards it sets for its Cadets. We are always motivated to excel academically, athletically and as leaders.’
He said that his membership of the program had ‘pushed’ him to set ‘higher standards of discipline’ for himself and to ‘act honorably and respectfully’ among his peers.
His listed as his favorite memory ‘the night of the land navigation’ during which he had ‘scoured dense vegetation’ and ended the day telling stories beneath the starts with fellow cadets.
He professed his hope to become an army medic and belief that his time with Warrior Battalion would equip him with ‘the necessary skills’ he needed to succeed.
In posts on his Instagram, Gilday portrays an ideal existence in Hawaii. In one post from August 2017 he wrote: ‘Moved in today, sun’s so bright here it screwed with some of my pics but I can’t complain when I’m out in it. I’m so lucky my perfect mom raised me to chase my dreams.’
He is understood to have fled the state while under pressure to pay a drug dealer he owed money.
His mentor in Hawaii, Jayo Alforque told Gilday was an outlier who had trouble making friends.
‘Like all freshmen, they’re weird at first,’ Alforque said, adding: ‘He’s funny and willing to learn, he was always a loner that is why I took him under my wings and showed him how to be social.’
Alforque said it’s possible the skills Gilday learned in training could help him remain on the lam.
Gilday spent time at the University of Hawaii at Manoa on an ROTC scholarship where his mentor described him as ‘an outlier who had trouble making friends
Gilday shared an Instagram post in 2017 marking his move to Hawaii in which gushed about island life and ‘chasing his dreams’ His mother left a comment saying: ‘I love you Vincie!’
Wesley said he is now recovering from his wounds but will never recover from the loss of his first-born daughter
Jordan, left, was described by friends and family as kind, loving and intelligent. She is pictured at the Kentucky Derby and with her father at her law school graduation
‘We were taught to be “infantry”’ Alforque said. ‘Camouflage, stealth, and tactical.’
Gilday could be short tempered at times, Alforque said, and was ‘easily triggered when he couldn’t finish a work or task I gave him while I was a senior Cadet.’
On one occasion, Gilday became so aggressive during a house party that Alforque said he had to ‘choke him out to sleep’ to bring him under control.
But he had his quiet side too. He posted an Instagram video of himself playing classical guitar asking people for campfire song recommendations. When his cat comes in, he says he named him Wilhelm, ‘after the last German Kaiser.’
Before returning to Kentucky, Gilday joined the military in Fort Huachuca, Arizona, where he texted his mentor about being jailed for attacking another officer.
Wesley is well-known for his eccentricities after he listed his mansion for sale with an in-ground bunker
‘I started a fight and now they’re trying to throw me out of the Army,’ he texted Alforque, asking him to supply a character reference.
‘I definitely overreacted, but it’s not characteristic of what kind of soldier I am,’ he added.
He said military brass thought he was ‘not Army material because I can’t take orders.
‘But that’s not true,’ he texted. ‘I’ve been following orders fine the past year. I just overreacted because I was worried about money and stuff and I didn’t know the guy.’
He said he spent two months in military prison.
On Wednesday, Wesley Morgan, 71, broke down in tears as he spoke about losing his daughter.
He told FOX 56 he is recovering well from the gunshot wounds, but will never recover emotionally from the loss of Jordan.
‘I’m heartbroken,’ he said as he audibly started crying. ‘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.’
Wesley Morgan said he was with his daughter, watching an episode of 1883, a Western-style television drama series on Paramount+, just hours before the shooting.
‘She got up, put her arm around me and said ‘I love you, Daddy,’ and I said ‘I love you, too,” he recalled to the news station. ‘And then she went to bed and that son of a b**** killed her.’
He added that his ‘life will never be the same,’ saying: ‘Until the day I die, I will think of her, yes I will.’
Jordan’s mother, meanwhile, said her daughter had no enemies.
‘She was absolutely a wonderful person and the smartest person I ever knew,’ Lisa Foster told the Herald-Leader on Thursday.
‘She was always doing for other people, so selfless, funny and like a breath of fresh air to be around.
‘She was a momma’s girl, and always told me every night and every morning she loved me,’ Foster added. ‘She had no enemies.’
Jordan recently joined the Reminger law office in Lexington
Foster said Jordan would text her every night, saying ‘I love you night, night,’ and in the morning she would send her mother a message saying ‘Good morning Muffin Mouse, I love you,’ referencing one of her favorite childhood stories.
‘And I would say ‘Good morning sunshine, I love you, have a blessed day.’
Jordan Morgan previously made headlines in 2017, when she publicly accused State Rep. Michael Meredith of sending her inappropriate text messages as part of a sexual harassment settlement involving four House Republicans.
She said at the time that she started receiving a number of messages from Meredith after she worked on Republican Matt Bevin’s successful 2015 campaign for Kentucky governor and worked with him for a year-and-a-half afterwards as a member of his communications team.