Dallas Shooting Leaves 4 Dead; Erbie Bowser, Ex-Mavs Dancer, a Suspect

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Thursday, 08 Aug 2013 01:53 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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The suspect in a deadly Dallas shooting rampage that left four dead and four others wounded is 44-year-old Erbie Bowser, a former Mavs dancer and school teacher, ESPN reports. He was arrested early Thursday morning.

Bowser, a former member of the Dallas Mavericks ManiAAC troop and Mesquite Independent School District teacher, according to WFAA-TV, is accused of the violent shootings in southern Dallas and the suburb of DeSoto Wednesday night.

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ESPN said Bowser was found at the scene of the DeSoto scene and was eventually taken into custody after he allegedly initially pretended to be one of the victims.

Toya Smith, 43, and her 17-year-old daughter Tasmia Allen died at the scene in the Dallas attack, according to police reports. Two others, Smith’s 14-year-old son and a 17-year-old family friend, were taken to a local hospital, The Dallas Morning News reported.

In the DeSoto attack, authorities said Bowser allegedly threw a hand grenade into the living room of the home before shooting and killing two women.

Authorities believe the intended targets may have been Smith, reportedly Bowser's ex-girlfriend, and ex-wife Zina Till, Yahoo! News reports. The DeSoto house where the two women were killed belongs to Till, but she has not yet been identified as a victim.

DeSoto police told the Morning News that two boys, ages 11 and 13 were also found injured at the scene. Officers told the newspaper that Bowser seemed catatonic when they found him at the scene, giving only his name, supposed rank, and a serial number.

U.S. Army officials confirmed to the Morning News that Bowser served from October 1991 to November 2000, rising to the rank of staff sergeant.

The Morning News said a 3-year-old child in the DeSoto home appeared to be unhurt and was turned over to Child Protective Services.

Laura Jobe, a spokeswoman for the Mesquite Independent School District, told WFAA-TV that Bowser was employed at Mesquite Academy and Berry Middle School as a special education teacher from December 2001 to March of 2010 when he resigned. WFAA said he also coached at West Mesquite High School.

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