Neo-Nazi among 5 dead in Phoenix-area shooting

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Police officers stand outside a house after a shooting, where police say a man shot and killed four people, including a toddler, before killing himself, in Gilbert, Ariz., on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. Police say the man was armed with several firearms, and officers recovered two handguns and a shotgun. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Michael Schennum)
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GILBERT, Ariz. (AP) — Police have identified one of the five people killed in a shooting in a Phoenix suburb as a former Marine with ties to neo-Nazi and Minutemen groups.

Jason Todd Ready organized a militia in the Arizona desert with the goal of finding illegal immigrants and drug smugglers.

The 39-year-old known as "JT" outfitted himself with military fatigues, body armor and gas masks, and carried assault rifles.

Police say the four others killed in Wednesday's shootings in a home in Gilbert include 16-month-old Lily Lynn Mederos, 23-year-old Amber Nieve Mederos, 47-year-old Lisa Lynn Mederos and 24-year-old Jim Franklin Hiott.

Phoenix-area media report that Lisa Mederos was Ready's girlfriend and Amber and Lily were her daughter and granddaughter.

Police say the gunman is among the dead but haven't said who it is.

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