Neo-Nazi J.T. Ready shot and killed four people yesterday at the Gilbert, Arizona, home where he lived.
A border militia leader on Wednesday shot and killed four people at a Gilbert home, including a toddler, before committing suicide, sources said.
Sources identified the shooter as Jason “J.T.” Ready, a reputed neo-Nazi who made headlines when he launched a militia movement to patrol the Arizona desert to hunt for illegal immigrants and drug smugglers.
Ready was a white supremacist and familiar presence to Arizonans who followed local politics. He was a political ally to former Arizona Senate President and Tea Party celebrity Russell Pearce, the architect of the state’s controversial anti-immigrant S.B. 1070 law.
Pearce endorsed Ready for Mesa City Council in 2006 and appeared with him at several rallies. In 2004 Pearce was photographed attending J.T Ready’s baptism into the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Church documents reveal that Pearce ordained J.T. Ready into the LDS priesthood. Pearce has since claimed he was unaware of Ready’s neo-Nazi affiliations at the time he made the endorsement.
Ready lived at the residence where the shooting took place. He was living with his girlfriend, Lisa Mederos, one of the victims.
Authorities have not identified the other victims, but reached by phone Wednesday afternoon, Hugo Mederos said the victims were his ex-wife, Lisa; their daughter, Amber; Amber’s boyfriend, whose name The Republic is withholding until his next of kin could be notified, and Amber’s 18-month-old baby, Lilly.
Mederos, who lives in Tampa, said Ready lived at the home with his girlfriend, Lisa.
Ready was a former Marine who headed the U.S. Border Guard, a militia-style group that routinely performed armed patrols in the southern Arizona desert. Early this year, Ready had formed an exploratory committee for a run as Pinal County sheriff.
In a statement of organization filed Jan. 11, Amber Mederos was listed as treasurer of the Committee to Elect J.T. Ready. Her name was nowhere to be found in amended paperwork filed March 12.
Ready recently formed the “U.S. Border Guard,” an anti-immigrant militia. The group sometimes roamed the desert at night looking for suspected illegal immigrants attempting to enter the state.
In an earlier photo, Ready was seen supporting the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement at a Nebraska rally.
He was 39 years old.