Mass Shooting – Killed – Artara Benson (Manchester, CT)

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MANCHESTER — The man who shot three women and then killed himself in Manchester late Saturday night had fathered a child with one of the female victims and was involved in a child support dispute with her, according to family members and court records.

For the past two weeks, Brittany Mills, 28, a standout basketball player at Weaver High School, class of 2004, had been trying to end a relationship with John Louis Lynn, the father of their 13-month-old son, members of Mills’ family said Sunday.

Earlier this year, a Superior Court judge had ordered Lynn to pay child support. Mills later sought a contempt finding and a wage garnishment against Lynn. The case remains open, records show.

After Mills ended the on-again, off-again, five-year relationship two weeks ago, Lynn “was over there all the time,” said Mills’ sister, Tashua Parker. “She was trying to stop him from coming.”

Parker said Lynn, 41, and Mills had a strained relationship.

“It wasn’t physical … we just didn’t think it would ever go this far,” Parker said.

Until late Saturday night.

Concerned that Mills wasn’t answering her phone Saturday, Mills’ two cousins, Kameisha Mills, 23, of Manchester, and Artara Benson, 46, of Vauxhall, N.J., had gone to check on Mills at her apartment at 190 Pine St., family members said.

At 9:40 p.m., Manchester police received reports of multiple gunshots at 190 Pine St. in the Dye House apartments.

Police arrived within minutes and confronted a man in the parking lot of the apartment building. The man was armed with a handgun and carrying a 13-month-old child, Capt. Christopher Davis said in a statement.

After a confrontation with officers, “it appears [the suspect] put the child on the ground before shooting himself,” Davis said. “One officer also fired one shot at the suspect, but it does not appear that the suspect was struck by the officer’s bullet.”

The child, unharmed by the gunfire, was transported to a hospital for evaluation, Davis said.

MANCHESTER – The families of three women killed in a grisly murder-suicide inside a Manchester apartment complex in December of 2013 have filed a $10 million lawsuit against the property management company alleging that it failed to keep them safe, according to court documents.

“The injuries and damages including death…were the direct proximate cause and substantial factor of the negligence and carelessness of the defendant,” states the lawsuit filed in Hartford Superior Court on Wednesday against the Dye House Apartments and its management company the Simon Konover Company, one of the largest property management company’s in the state.

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