Prominent Former Neo-Nazi Among Five Dead in Arizona Shooting

GILBERT, Ariz. (AP/The Blaze) — 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 a home, which left five people, including a toddler, dead. Police didn’t immediately return calls from The Associated Press.

Police say the man was armed with several firearms, and officers recovered two handguns and a shotgun.

The gunman’s identity and motives aren’t known. However, ABC 15 reports, in the following video, that the gunman is among one of the five dead from the shooting:

The shootings occurred after 1 p.m. Witnesses say a SWAT team sealed off part of the area and investigators told residents to remain indoors.

The identity of at least one of the victims has been conclusively established as Pinal County Sheriff candidate and former Neo-Nazi JT Ready.

J.T. Ready

Police have not disclosed whether Ready himself was the shooter, or simply one of the victims. However, evidence about his previous actions suggests he at least knew his way around a firearm. As recently as 2010, Ready was leading a paramilitary organization called the US Border Guard. This coincided with his period as a self-proclaimed “national socialist.”

UPDATE: The AP has further details on the child who was shot, as well as witness reaction.

He said the girl was alive when authorities arrived at the scene but was pronounced dead at a hospital. Police said the other bodies were still inside the home.

About three hours after the shooting, a man walked up to the police tape, pointed to the crime scene and said, “I have a daughter who lives in that house.”

Police pulled him behind the tape and out of view. Several seconds later a loud cry of anguish could be heard. Minutes after, the same man was weeping and left the scene with police.

The shootings occurred after 1 p.m. in a subdivision southeast of Phoenix that is filled with stucco homes with red-tile roofs.

Witnesses said a SWAT team sealed off part of the area and investigators told residents to remain indoors.

FBI spokesman Manuel Johnson said federal agents were at the scene “providing personnel and technical assistance” to Gilbert police, but that the police department was the lead agency.

DeAnn Rawson, who has lived in the Lago Estancia neighborhood for 13 years, stood on a street corner and talked to drivers who rolled down their windows to ask what happened.

Rawson, 38, said she was sick to her stomach over what happened. “As you can tell, everyone driving by is absolutely shocked,” she told The Arizona Republic.

“I would have come and got her,” Rawson said of the youngest victim. “It makes me mad. I can’t have children, and you have other people doing things that are insane.”

Gary Davis, who also lives in the neighborhood, said, “There’s no excuse for taking a child’s life.”

“Nothing ever happens in this neighborhood,” Davis said. “It’s a shock to us.”

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