J.T. Ready Confirmed by Police to Be Among the Five People Dead in Gilbert Massacre, and the Suspected Shooter

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The scene of the Gilbert massacre yesterday evening.
Until around 5 a.m. today, news outlets were relying on sources to confirm neo-Nazi J.T. Ready was among the five people dead in yesterday's massacre in Gilbert.

Gilbert police have now confirmed Ready is dead, along with four other people, including a baby born last January.

If Ready's name doesn't ring a bell, our colleague Stephen Lemons has the details on Ready's notoriety.

Minutes ago, Gilbert police also released a statement saying investigators believe Ready's the gunman, which has been rumored since news of the massacre was developing.

"The evidence to this point, which will still be verified, is leading us to believe Jason Ready is responsible for killing the other 4 and subsequently taking his own life," police say. 

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

A neighbor who didn't wish to be identified said she was home when the shooting took place, and heard gunshots about 1:30 p.m. Police say the timetable for the shooting is around 1 p.m.

The neighbor also pointed to Ready's car parked at an awkward angle in front of the house.

"This horrific event began yesterday at around 1:00PM when officers responded to a domestic fight call in the 500 block of west Tumbleweed in Gilbert," police say. "Upon arrival, officers located 4 deceased adults and one severely injured child. The child was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced deceased.

"Investigators obtained a search warrant for the residence and located hazardous chemicals and military grade munitions," police continue. "The Gilbert Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team and the Department of Defense assisted in removing the items."

The four others murdered in the home include Lisa Mederos, 47, Amber Mederos, 23, her husband-to-be (according to Facebook) Jim Hiott, 24, and Amber's daughter Lily Mederos, who turned 1 year old on January 30.

"This is a tragic, horrible thing that has happened to a friend of mine," neighbor Crystal Seibert told New Times yesterday, speaking of Amber Mederos. "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."


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Frickle
Frickle

The real cause of all this is Mormonism. Vote for Mitt if you want to see the rise of neo-Natzism in the USA.

QueTriste
QueTriste

'Live by the gun, die by the gun'

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

Three times now with the massacre headline.    You're usage of the english language is the massacre here.    A perfect story for the gun control lobby.    The problem is there weren't enough guns involved.      If the other adults had been armed, the ending would have been different.     The bad guy is always going to be armed.    Taking away guns is no solution, it's only a gift to criminals and murderers.

Russell Pearce
Russell Pearce

J.J., keep a bed warm for me in Hell. I miss you, Pickle Tits!

Russell Pearce
Russell Pearce

I ma going to miss his soft tender kisses. Goodnight, sweet prince.

Danielle Russell
Danielle Russell

The world is a crazy place; do other countries suffer with as much violence as the U.S.? I'm just curious. Seems more people are ticking time bombs these days.

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thegreatgatsby
thegreatgatsby

As far as JT's death goes.......it's a good start!!!!!

joe.distort
joe.distort

anyone else see his 'former campaign manager' and good friend wearing the HH hat while being interviewd on fox 10? classy.

Velvet Michael
Velvet Michael

This is a very sad situation.  JT has a long history of bigotry and violence and he has been on law officials radar for some time.  But seriously, no matter what your history is, what kind of sick, twisted POS kills an innocent baby?  It's bad enough that he went in that home and wiped out all those people, then he had to kill a baby???  Seriously?!  This man was bad news and it has been known for some time.  Quite frankly they should have reined this nutcase in a long time ago.

85014
85014

I wonder if that idiot Teahadist Sylvia Allen is now understanding the ramifications of asking for a $1.3 million appropriation for an Arizona Border Militia. You remember, the same militia that the Commanding Officer for the AZ National Guard was not so supportive of. The same militia she probably wanted J.T. to be as it's leader.

Thank God she's going back to Mohave County to run for Dog Catcher or some similar role on the government tit.

cableguy
cableguy

 Sad Sad day for the people that new the family. But on the other hand, it's one less Right Wing Racist Fuck that we have to deal with in Arizona.

Guest
Guest

So is he alright?

joe.distort
joe.distort

at some point the media needs to stop pretending to be fair and call out these racist gun toting nutjobs for what they are: a danger to everyone. they dont deserve 'equal speech' when that speech just displays how much of a ticking time bomb they are. now onto the anonymous trolls/right wingers telling us how everyone should be equal...except immigrants, women, and poor people. yawn.

AZ 81
AZ 81

 So you hate fat people to? thats real nice of you to say that you bigot.

AZ 81
AZ 81

 see this hate here? hate is still hate. and it breeds. God tells us to forgive others and to turn the other cheek and give all your worries over to him. this works for Christians even though christians still fuck up to and are not perfect either. atheist have a problem. they have no where to go and no one to pray to they are out there alone. maybe tha was this guy JT Readys real problem. he lived a godless life? if you do Satan sneaks in and takes over your mind and your life and things like this are the end result.

AZ 81
AZ 81

  New Times bloggers are all hate filled judgmental bigots to. the only difference is most of them dont act it out by killing others or themselves. people who are violent and unhappy act out things like this guy did. its from not living a godly life.

AZ 81
AZ 81

Are you really really sure this fat  loud mouth bastard Nazi is dead? are you 100% sure?

Roro
Roro

It's really too bad that he had to take others with him.

Goya
Goya

Horrible tragedy. God help the survivors and may it all be lesson to Russell Pearce and his mentorship of JT Ready.

Davidisajackass
Davidisajackass

 There are hundreds of cases of rape and murder, theft, drug smuggling etc.. involving illegals. No compairison jackass. 2 minutemen versus 100's of illegals.

Matthew Hendley
Matthew Hendley

Heh. "You're usage." Heh heh.

I don't see the opposition to "massacre." It seems perfectly appropriate. From M-W:

"the act or an instance of killing a number of usually helpless or unresisting human beings under circumstances of atrocity or cruelty"

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

 You know that the feds decided that medical marijuana patients can't posses firearms but this man with a proven history of assault, domestic violence and bigotry could have all the "military grade" weapons his little black heart desired. (The only person you might try to shoot on ganja.is the guy trying to steal your Krispy Kremes)  Add this to the fact that we live in a state where those with the same ideology as JT are almost elevated to hero status, and this tragedy is nor surprising,

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

 Problem is, there's how many others waiting in line to take his place?

cableguy
cableguy

 People like J.T. Ready are Home Grown Terrorists.

alehound
alehound

they are equal when they are dead.

Gillso123
Gillso123

 God does not tell us to turn the other cheek, that is misrepresenting the meaning. If you think who did Jesus normally preach to - the lowest of society e.g. slaves. A master was allowed to hit a slave with the back of his/her left hand - to hit with the palm or right hand would have made the slave an equal. So if your master hit you and you turned the other cheek then you could no longer be hit with the back of the left hand. Hence it was an act of rebellion against an unjust law.

In the same part of the bible you have if someone asks you to walk a mile walk two - refers to how roman soldiers moved. They could stop anyone and ask them to carry their kit for a mile and a mile only, if you walked more with the kit the soldier could be in deep trouble if a superior found out.

Also if someone asks for your cloak give them your shirt as well. This is about a law which basically meant you could have the coat sued off your back in court. However if you give your shirt as well you were naked. In the times of the bible anyone who looked on a naked person was shamed. So basically you shamed the entire court for taking the coat of your back.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

 As an atheist, please tell me how something I don't believe in can "sneak in and take over my mind?"In the words of the Dalai Lama:

This is my simple religionThere is no need for templesNo need for complicated philosophiesOur own brain, our own heartIs our templeThe philosophy is kindness.

Individual spirituality is possible without the trappings of religion.

alehound
alehound

just wondering is 81 your age or your i.q?

AZ 81
AZ 81

 sooner or later we all die. so get ready. it comes quicker than you think. death awaits us all. life goes by faster than a summer vacation.

AZ 81
AZ 81

 Thats the cowards way. you should already know things like this.

A Brother
A Brother

 GOD helps those who help themselves. God does not force his way into your life, you have to invite him into your life. most people cant do this because of pride and ego pride and ego comes from evil and Satan. this is the problem with our world and society. many are called but few are chosen..

Spacerig
Spacerig

And there are thousands of cases of rape, murder, theft, drug smuggling, drug using, ect... involving U.S citizens ... Every group has its share of idiots and criminals.

AZ 81
AZ 81

 JT READY was not so ready after all.

Aaron Byron
Aaron Byron

"the ten commandments are written on the heart of every man."........................the bible

Marcy
Marcy

 You think to much thats  a sign of being trapped in your own mind..

AZ 81
AZ 81

  by all that crap you just wrote you sound trapped to me.

AZ 81
AZ 81

 Being an Atheist is a religion.

AZ 81
AZ 81

 Jesus or God is not a religion its is a belief is a greater loving living spirit than us or ourselves. you sound like you were raised in the Catholic cult religion they always end up being non belivers or mentally weird or atheists. I set you up for that one anyway and you took my bait and got punk out by a believer of cheap humor. I know how to bug the shit out of atheists like you AND GET THEM ALL RILED UP OVER NOTHING.. for a person thats an atheist you sure worry about alot of religious shit.

Marcy
Marcy

 when are you gonna go on your own personal killing spree alehound? im starting to think your all talk.

Marcy
Marcy

 you hold become a comedy writer. lol   ha ha ha ha ha i cant take it your so fucking funny ha ha ha

AZ 81
AZ 81

 I thought you were hip alehound. most people know by now that 81 stands for HA as in Hells Angels MC.  H is the eight letter of the alphabet and A the first letter of the alphabet. 81=HA = HELLS ANGELS you out of date old broke dick old man.

AZ 81
AZ 81

 That was lame attempt at humor you old hillbilly cracker racist. it rates 2 on the laugh meter.

Jesus
Jesus

I'm sick and tire of this bullshit the bible is a guide for civil coexistence between men and is not to be take literally, religious neanderthals.How much longer due we have to put up with this stupidity?Due you really believe that the Israelite are the chosen people, they wrote the book,idiots.

Mighty White
Mighty White

 alehound knows we whites are perfect. ask him.

Mighty White
Mighty White

 not white people ,we are perfect. ask any of us if its true. and we will glad and proudly say yes we are perfect.

Libel
Libel

 No it isn't being atheist is rejection of all religion. There is no worship, there is no dogma, there is no congregation. There are not followers. There are just people who have a mutual non-belief in any religion.

AZ 81
AZ 81

 yes we already know you hate us to. big deal.

alehound
alehound

like i didn't know that. lol

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