Jason J.T. Ready, a reputed neo-Nazi has been identified as being responsible for the lethal shooting of four people in Gilbert, Arizona, including an 18-month-old toddler
Victims: Amber Mederos with her daughter Lilly, two, were shot and killed as was Ready’s girlfriend Lisa Mederos, 47, who had been living with him at the time
Slaying: Amber Mederos, 22, and her boyfriend Jim, also 22, were killed in the shooting, as was their two-year-old daughter Lily
Although not officially confirmed by police in Gilbert, it is thought that J.T Ready shot and killed his 47-year old girlfriend, Lisa Mederos, Lisa’s daughter 22-year-old Amber Mederos, Amber’s 22-year-old boyfriend Jim and Amber’s 2-year old daughter Lilly.
The little girl was initially found alive at the property but later died in hospital.
Listed as the treasurer of the J.T Ready for Sheriff of Pinal County, Lisa Mederos had been living with Ready at her home for the past two years.
Distraught: A police officer
walks with a man who said he had a child inside of the home where five people were shot yesterday
Dispute: Police have said that there had been a reported incident of domestic violence between Ready, pictured left, and Lisa Mederos earlier in the day
Family: Amber Mederos, boyfriend Jim Hiott and daughter Lilly were all shot. Lilly was still alive when police arrived but died later in the hospital
While it is known that Ready is among the dead, it has not been confirmed whether he turned the gun on himself.
‘There were a few weapons in the house and we don’t know if there was a gun battle or if it was a murder-suicide,’ said Sgt Bill Balafas of Gilbert Police.
Police have said that there had been a reported incident of domestic violence between Ready and Mederos earlier in the day.
It has also been revealed that Mederos’ other 19-year-old daughter was not at home at the time of the killings and is now being interviewed by police.
Explaining the scene that confronted emergency workers, Sgt Balafas said that the toddler was taken to hospital by the first responders.
‘There were signs of life, that’s why we transported her,’ said Sgt Balafas.
‘This is a domestic situation. We do have witnesses that our investigators are interviewing.’
Horror: Gilbert police officers walk inside the police tape outside a crime scene on Wednesday after four people, including a toddler, were fatally shot
Tragic loss: Neighbours in the residential street have expressed their shock at the massacre with some saying they feel sick
Jason ‘J.T.’ Ready, a member of the notorious Minuteman Civil Defense Corps
apparently turned the gun on himself after killing four people today in Gilbert, Arizona
In January of 2012, he even announced his candidacy to run as a Democratic Candidate for Pinal County Sheriff.
Neighbours in the residential street have expressed their shock.
‘I am sick to my stomach, as you can tell everyone driving by is absolutely shocked,’ said DeAnn Rawson.
Another neighbour who witnessed the police and emergency services reaction to the crime was equally upset.
‘There’s no excuse for taking a child’s life,’ said Gary Davis.
‘Nothing ever happens in this neighbourhood. It’s a shock to us.’
Police in the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert say a man shot and killed four people, including a toddler, before killing himself
Gilbert police Lt John Lyle told The Arizona Republic that authorities aren’t looking for a suspect in Wednesday afternoon’s shooting at the home.
Identified as the killer, Ready is a former Marine and the founder of the prominent, Arizona-based nativist extremist organisation ‘Americans First’.
He has stated in the past that ‘I firmly believe in having a minefield across the border,’ he says in a widely distributed video.
‘This is 100% effective.’
Police officers look over the scene of a shooting in a residential area of Gilbert, Arizona May 2, 2012. Local newspapers reported five people killed
Ready has in the past spoken at National Socialist Movement rallies in Omaha and is a vocal opponent of unchecked immigration in to the United States.
The former military serviceman had recently set up the U.S Border Guard, a militia-style group that routinely patrolled the southern Arizona desert searching for illegal immigrants.
And in January 2012, he announced his candidacy to run as a Democratic candidate for Pinal County Sheriff.
A statement of organisation filed on January 11 has an Amber Maderos listed as the treasurer of the Committee to Elect J.T Ready.
However, her name was not mentioned in amended paperwork filed by Ready on March 12 of this year.
An investigator walks in front of the house, where it is thought that neo-Nazi JT Ready opened fire and killed four people including a toddler
Part of the burgeoning volunteer militia scene in Arizona, neo-Nazi Ready was known around Phoenix as a man who was keen to take matters into his own hands.
Declaring war on ‘narco-terrorists’ and illegal immigrants, Ready’s reputation made local law enforcement officials nervous, especially given his association with the National Socialist Movement (NSM).
Subscribing to the belief that only non-Jewish, white hetro-sexuals should be American citizens and that all non-white people should leave the country, Ready readily admitted identifying with the NSM.
‘We’re not going to sit around and wait for the government anymore,’ said Ready in an interview with the Associated Press in 2010.
‘This is what our founding fathers did.’
Twice court martialed, Ready received a bad-conduct discharge from the Marines in 1996 for conspiracy and assault.
Police officers stand outside a Gilbert, Arizona house after a shooting where it is thought that notorious militia volunteer J.T Ready killed four people before turning a gun on himself
In 2004, the Arizona native decided to adopt a career in politics and ran for a seat in the Arizona House of Representatives.
One of his main campaign pledges was to defeat the threat posed to America by undocumented immigrants.
He told a reporter during the run up to the election that Arizona could improve its education if it would ‘deal with this mass illegal influx of foreign students who not even embrace the same language and culture as Americans and who spread tuberculosis, whooping cough, lice, and other third-world biological diseases to other children.’
He lost the election.
And in March 2006, Ready made headlines when he opened fire at a Latino man with a BB gun when running for the Mesa City Council.
It is thought that the former National Socialist Movement member was heavily armed for the afternoon attack
No charges were pressed over the incident and his second run for office was derailed when he volunteered to act as master of ceremonies at the Mesa Veteran’s Day parade.
It was revealed before hand that he had been twice court-martialed and kicked out of the Marines.
Creating the anti-immigration group ‘Americans First’ in 2006, Ready marched on the Mexican consulate in Phoenix.
‘We are advocating that the government of Mexico should be designated a ‘threat nation’ because they are openly subverting our laws and sovereignty,’ said Ready at the time.
Finally in 2006 running as the only candidate Ready became the Republican precinct committeeman in a west Mesa district.
But in September 2007, he marched under a swastika banner in Omaha, Nebraska with brown-shirted NSM leaders.
Coming to the attention of the Arizona legislature, attempts were made to expel Ready from his position as a committeeman, but these failed.
Claiming to have left the NSM in 2010, Ready had indicated to the media that he was concentrating on his volunteer militia work and his personal life
A Gilbert police officer stands outside the police tape outside a crime scene Wednesday, May 2, 2012 in Gilbert, Arizona
The shootings occurred after 1pm Witnesses say a SWAT team sealed off part of the area and investigators told residents to remain indoors.
A middle school near the scene of the shooting was locked down and students weren’t allowed to come in or out of the campus.
Gilbert is a quiet bedroom community south-east of Phoenix that was named the safest city in Arizona, and one of the safest in the whole country by CQ Press.
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