Police: 4 Dead, 4 Wounded in Dallas-Area Shootings

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  • DALLAS (AP) — A former teacher who once 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 said Thursday he used an explosive device in one of the attacks.

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

    Four youths were also wounded in the attacks, two in each home. Franks said the attacks were a domestic incident and that investigators were trying to determine how Bowser knew the victims.

    The first shooting took place at a house in southwest Dallas late Wednesday and the second happened about 15 minutes later in DeSoto, about 10 miles away, Dallas police Sgt. Warren Mitchell said.

    Police were called around 10:30 p.m. to the home in Dallas where they found four gunshot victims. Police say 43-year-old Toya Smith and her 17-year-old daughter, Tasmia Allen, were slain at the home. Her 14-year-old son was wounded, as was a 17-year-old girl described as a family friend.

    “She fell in my arms and she was bleeding and I moved her back to the sofa and that’s when I saw my grandbaby there,” said Toya Smith’s mother, Lurlean Smith, who discovered the victims after going to the home following a phone call with her daughter that abruptly ended.

    Smith said she and other family members accompanying her noticed that lights were on but no one would answer the door. Near a window, she heard what she thought was someone gasping for breath.

    She said it looked like there had been a struggle in the house. “He had tore that whole wall out, evidently he was throwing ‘em, I don’t know what he was doing,” Smith said.

    She said she had warned her daughter for two years to stay away from Bowser. “He’s controlling. He thinks he can control women, but he did, he controlled my daughter. And it caused my baby’s death.”

    After the shootings at the Dallas home, police allege, the gunman then fled to DeSoto, where he’s suspected of killing two women. Two boys, ages 11 and 13, were shot but survived that attack, Franks said, adding that it was a child at the residence who dialed 911.

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