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article imageBorder militia leader kills four in Arizona, then kills himself

By Eric Morales     May 2, 2012 in Politics
Gilbert - J.T. Ready made headlines when he formed a militia to fight illegal immigrants and apprehend drug smugglers on the Arizonian border, as well as running for Pinal County Sheriff.
Four people are dead including a toddler according to the Arizona Republic after reputed Neo-Nazi J.T. Ready shot a young girl between the ages of 1 and 2 years old, before shooting three others and eventually committing suicide. One victim has survived the shooting and is being treated at the Maricopa Medical Center according to Sergeant Bill Balafas.
The shooting occurred around 1 p.m. (PST) in a residential area on Tumbleweed Road. Ready was a former United States Marine who led the Border Guard an armed militia which patrolled the southern Arizona desert. According to Sgt. Balafas when Police arrived the young child was still alive, although critically wounded, she was transported to the hospital but was pronounced dead. Balafas told the Republic,"This is a domestic situation. We do have a witness that our investigators are interviewing." The police sergeant went on to say that the witness had seen part of the incident.
Two handguns have been recovered from the scene of the murders.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center J.T. Ready was a former Minutemen as well as active in Arizona's Americans First movement. The Law Center quoted Ready as saying "I firmly believe in having a minefield across the border," J.T. Ready allegedly said in a video, "This is 100% effective." In 2008 SPLC reported that Ready was a former President of the Mesa County Community College Republicans, and that he had spoken at a Neo-Nazi rally in Omaha billed as a Republican activist from Arizona.
After the shooting according to the Republic a local high school was placed on a "modified lock down" and SWAT Team members sealed some of the area around the scene notifying citizens to remain inside their homes.
Ready ran for Sheriff of Pinal County, apparently identifying himself as a Libertarian who supported legalizing marijuana, as well as the Occupy movement. He also ran on anti-immigration platform according to the Phoenix New Times.
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