BIRTH: May 8, 2007
DEATH: September 5, 2009
Mason, 2, was murdered along with his father, Dennis Carter Jr. and grandmother, Donna Carter in what is being called a murder-suicide committed by his grandfather. Mason’s pregnant mother, Amber Carter, was also shot and gave birth to a healthy little girl, Aubrey Marie, later that day 3 months early. Amber survived the attack. Another 16-month-old boy was in the house during the shootings but was not hurt, the relationship is unknown.
Authorities were called to the home where shots had been fired. Donna Carter, 49, and Dennis Carter Jr., 26, were dead inside. Dennis Carter Jr.’s wife, Amber Carter, was badly hurt and their son, Mason Carter, 2, was found dead outside the house. Dennis Carter Sr. about 20 minutes after the shootings driving on a highway. When they tried to pull him over, he shot and killed himself.
It appeared to be the culmination of a stormy relationship between Dennis Sr. and his wife, Donna. He’d been arrested three times this year for violating a protection order and domestic abuse. Records from the Livingston Parish Detention Center show that Dennis Carter Sr., had been jailed on three separate occasions in 2009 alone, on three separate charges of violation of a protective order and one charge of aggravated assault (domestic).
Dennis Carter’s murder spree could have been stopped, possibly — if only his son knew what his dad was about to do. Livingston Parish deputies say David Sr.’s son Devin received a threatening call from his dad the day before the massacre. Devin filed a complaint with the sheriff’s office, and a deputy told him about the procedures he would need to do to have his father arrested. But Devin had yet to finish the process by the next day, when his Dennis Sr. went on his rampage.