Gilbert Massacre: Police Continue to Investigate Killing Spree that Claimed Five, Including Toddler

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Police tape blocks off the area surrounding the Gilbert home where five people were shot and killed this afternoon.
Five people -- two men, two women, and a 2-year-old girl -- were killed in a shooting rampage in a quiet Gilbert neighborhood this afternoon.

The shooter has been identified by sources as prominent neo-Nazi, and candidate for Pinal County Sheriff, J.T. Ready. Police had not identified the victims or the shooter this evening and were still on the scene investigating. They said four bodies remained inside the home at 530 West Tumbleweed Road.

"We believe the person responsible is deceased inside the home," said Gilbert Police Sergeant Bill Balafas in a press briefing.

According to Balafas, FBI agents were helping with the investigation. He did not explain why the feds were involved.

See the full slideshow from the scene of the Gilbert massacre here.

Dozens of reporters swarmed to the block surrounding the crime scene. Several neighbors were also outside watching the melee.

One neighbor, who declined to be identified, said she was home when the shooting took place. She said she heard three gunshots about 1:30 p.m. She also pointed out what she said was J.T. Ready's car parked at an awkward angle in front of the house.

Crystal Seibert, another neighborhood resident, identified one of the victims as Amber Mederos, 22, whom she says she went to school with at Mesquite High.

"I was her mentor and captain in the color guard," says Seibert. "Amber [was] an amazing person and this did not deserve to happen to her and her family."

According to several people at the scene, Mederos, her boyfriend, Jim, 2-year-old daughter Lilly, and mother, Lisa, were all victims of the shooting. The 2-year-old was taken to the hospital where she reportedly died.

"This is a tragic, horrible thing that has happened to a friend of mine," Seibert says. "I have a 2-year-old at home, and if something like this were to ever happen to him, I wouldn't be able to live. My thoughts and prayers go out to her friends and her family."

Investigators also were concerned about an unknown and possibly dangerous substance in large barrels at the home, according to Balafas.

Also see: J.T. Ready, Neo-Nazi and One-Time Pal of Russell Pearce's, is Shooter in Gilbert Massacre (w/Update) by Stephen Lemons.

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A J MacDonald Jr
A J MacDonald Jr

The word "melee" is the wrong word for describing the crime scene after the fact. During the shooting it was a melee, but not afterward, when the reporters are there. 

kole
kole

Families are destroyed and the only thing that some of you can contribute is your sickness. I personally know the father of the family, where is your compassion?

cableguy
cableguy

A Right Wing Racist kills a family of US Citizens he knows, and all of a sudden, this is because Obama hasn't secured the border to Republicans? All I have to say to you Righties is "FUCK YOU!"

J.T. Ready was the true face of Jan Brewer's Border Militia.

 

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

200,000,000 Guns in the U$A is NOT enough, Amerikkka needs MORE GUNS !!

Tubes Fan
Tubes Fan

Too bad that hack Lemmons is covering this.

cableguy
cableguy

 GOOO LEMONS! we need more guys like him in Arizona. More people to post the truth, and not cover it like everybody else.

Leo
Leo

WHITE TRASH WHO KILL KIDS!

Sabastiansmom
Sabastiansmom

Ugh..this is the best coverage NT can provide it's readers? I expected more..

Leo
Leo

 Your reading the wrong thing pal. NT is known to be written by worthless hacks who cant get a job at a real newspaper.

3a5m8b
3a5m8b

But YOU read it! HA!

Naughty Lisa
Naughty Lisa

Then why do you read it you piece of stupid fucking shit?

CC
CC

Yes, 3a5m8b,not only does Wayne Michael Reich read NT, he recently posted here that, " Despite myb [sic] strong dislike of this rag and it's Managing Editorzilla,
Amy Silverman- their investigative reporting has been top notch and
should be commended."

Top Notch, you say?  Not a train wreck? 

Wayne Michael Reich
Wayne Michael Reich

 For the same reason why men have pity sex with you Lisa- we all love a train wreck.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

 Why don't you go to work for NT and show them how you would like it to be done?

CJAZ
CJAZ

I can do just as good of a job reporting on the Occupy protest in Phoenix as NT did.

There. I just did.

Koolarrow
Koolarrow

JT was a nerd. Even Nazis were probably embarrassed when he showed up for support. Very sad story none the less.

cableguy
cableguy

 So are you trying to say that the Nazis are distancing themselves because he's a nerd? racists come in all shapes and sizes, backgrounds and personalities.

Koolarrow
Koolarrow

Think about this: what are you most passionate about? Now imagine this fat slob next you to over zealous and fired up to participate. How would that make you feel?

Leo
Leo

 AND A FAT NERD AT THAT.

Marcy
Marcy

JT was just another small minded loser who thought if only all those hard working Mexicans weren't coming across the border to mow lawns and clean toilets then JT wouldn't be a loser.

He must have finally realized that no matter how few Mexicans enter Arizona, he was always going to be a loser.

Leo
Leo

 There you go with more of your judgmental Arizona redneck hate filled speeches.

Michael Szkola
Michael Szkola

LMAO!!!! SB 1070 and Sheriff Joe Rule!!!!!!!

Clarity
Clarity

I think Michael may have been involved with JT Ready! Maybe helped to plan this?

Juju B
Juju B

You're a fucken idiot and a piece of shit if you think a story like this is funny. Sick minded fuck

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