Dallas man kills 4, wounds 4

Erbie Bowser, 44, arrested in shooting spree

August 8, 2013


Police said they arrested a man who allegedly shot eight people, killing four, in two separate but related attacks in Dallas and Desoto, Texas.

Investigators arrested Erbie Bowser, 44, on Wednesday night at the second crime scene, DeSoto police Cpl. Melissa Franks said. Charges are pending, she said.

A former teacher who moonlighted as a hip-hop dancer entertaining NBA crowds has been arrested in the fatal shooting of four people in two Dallas-area homes, and police were investigating Thursday if he used a grenade or other explosive in one of the attacks.

Bowser allegedly opened fire on people inside his ex-girlfriend’s home in southwest Dallas about 10:30 p.m. CDT Wednesday, WFAA-TV, Dallas, reported Thursday. A mother and her daughter were killed and a 14-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl were wounded. A relative discovered the bodies.

He then fled to nearby Desoto where he allegedly tossed an explosive device into the second home. After the device went off, he went into the home and is said to have shot four people, killing two, KXAS-TV, Fort Worth, Texas, reported. He is suspected ok killing two women. Two boys, ages 11 and 13, were shot but survived that attack, Franks said.

The Dallas Mavericks said Thursday that Bowser was a dancer for the team, performing with the Dallas Mavs ManiAACs. The team describes the dance troupe as “beefy men” who entertain fans during games. Bowser danced with the group from 2002 to 2009.

He worked for nearly a decade as a special education teacher in the Dallas suburb of Mesquite. Schook district spokeswoman Laura Jobe said Thursday he resigned in 2010 “on good terms.” He also worked for a couple of seasons as a football coach at West Mesquite High School, she said.


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