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APNewsbreak: Police report shows all 4 people killed by neo-Nazi in Arizona were shot in head
GILBERT, Ariz. (AP) ' All four people killed by a former neo-Nazi before he turned the gun on himself this month in a quiet Phoenix suburb were shot in the head, according to a police report released Tuesday that paints the clearest picture yet of the gruesome crime scene.
Various Gilbert police officers and detectives wrote about what they saw at the home where they believe Jason Todd "JT" Ready, 39, shot and killed his girlfriend and three others, including a toddler, before killing himself in a domestic dispute.
Ready was the leader of the U.S. Border Guard, a group of armed civilians that patrols Arizona's desert for illegal immigrants and drug smugglers.
When they first arrived at the home, authorities saw the bodies of Ready, wearing only tan shorts and boots, and another man. Both were dead with pools of blood beneath their heads. A camouflaged gun was near Ready.
When police walked to the home's open front door, they saw the bodies of Ready's girlfriend, her daughter and her granddaughter, a 15-month-old girl named Lilly.
The women were clearly dead. But when officers checked the toddler, they found signs of life, according to the report.
"I could see brain tissue and a pooling of blood next to her head," wrote Officer Veronica Roden. "Her arms and neck were still warm to the touch, and we both detected a pulse on the inner part of her upper left arm."
Gilbert firefighters strapped the girl to a backboard and rushed her to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
When officers went farther into the home, they heard a woman crying in a locked bedroom and kicked in the door. They found a 19-year-old sister of one of the victims. Because police had to clear the home, they forced the woman, Brittany Mederos, to walk by the bodies of her mother and sister, and her dying niece.
"Upon entering the hallway, the female observed the bodies on the floor at which time she began crying hysterically," wrote Officer Chris Zamora. "I advised the female to 'Just keep walking' as I continued to escort her, stepping over the body of at least one of the female victims and around the other two victims."
Another officer described having to tell Lilly's father, Jess Boggs, that the toddler was dead. He arrived after the police tape had been put up around the home and surrounding houses.
"Jess showed me a picture of Lilly on his cellphone," wrote Officer Michael Cluff. "I immediately recognized the child as the same child I had observed within the house. Jess seemed to recognize my reaction to seeing the picture, and he began to wail and cry."