Crime

J.T. Ready Gilbert Massacre: Six Grenades Were Found at the Scene

At the Gilbert home where five people died yesterday in an apparent murder/suicide -- allegedly perpetrated by neo-Nazi J.T. Ready -- there was a reason the bomb squad showed up: six grenades.

Gilbert police said this morning that "hazardous chemicals and military grade munitions" were found by investigators once a search warrant was obtained, and Nick Martin from Talking Points Memo found out those munitions were anti-tank grenades.

U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives special agent Tom Mangan confirmed this to New Times, telling us that it's definitely illegal for regular citizens to have those devices, which are designed for use in military combat.

TPM says the grenades are typically fired from a launcher, which was not found at the home.

How exactly those grenades made it from the military to a house where Ready lived is unknown, Mangan says, but the ATF's trying to find out where they came from.

Mangan said the military "traditionally keeps a close eye on those kinds of things," but outlined a few methods investigators plan to use in their attempt to track down where the grenades came from, or find out how they were obtained.

Mangan told TPM it might be a little difficult to trace the origins of the grenades since they're at least 20 years old, and they may have changed hands a few times.

Ready, an ex-Marine, happened to be a big fan of military-type things, like his border patrol operations, where Ready and his buddies would gear up in camouflage, grab their rifles, and look for brown folks in the desert.

Another man found dead in the Gilbert home yesterday, 24-year-old Jim Hiott, was an Army veteran who served in Afghanistan.

On Hiott's Facebook page, there's a picture posted in September of him wearing camouflage, with shotgun shells strapped to his shoulder. In response to a friend's question of whether he was back in combat overseas, Hiott responded, "Naw just sum pics of me on da border."

Regardless, the ATF's looking into it.

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Matthew Hendley
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