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Dallas Shootings: Erbie Bowser, suspected gunman, kills 4 people and wounds 4 others in separate shootings, police say

Erbie Bowser, a suspect in two shootings that happened Aug. 7, 2013, is seen in this undated mugshot from a previous arrest. Dallas County Sheriff

Erbie Bowser, a suspect in two shootings that happened Aug. 7, 2013, is seen in this undated mugshot from a previous arrest.
Dallas County Sheriff
(CBS) DALLAS - A suspect is in custody after two shootings in the Dallas area killed at least four people and wounded four others, including at least two boys, according to CBS Dallas.

Police were first called to a home in southwest Dallas around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday where they found four gunshot victims, two of whom had died, Dallas police Sgt. Warren Mitchell told media outlets.

The suspect, Erbie Bowser,  fled to the nearby suburb of DeSoto, where he was involved in another shooting, Mitchell said.

At the second location, four other people were shot at a home, and two of them died, DeSoto police Cpl. Melissa Franks said, adding that officers arrived quickly and detained the suspect, which she believes "saved lives."

The two people wounded in DeSoto were boys, 11 and 13, Franks said.

According to CBS Dallas, the Bowser also tossed some type of explosive device into the home in DeSoto before opening fire.

Bowser identifies himself on his Facebook page as a former Dallas Mavericks dancer, CBS affiliate KTVT-TV reports. Family members said that Bowser was looking for his ex-girlfriend at both of the houses.

Franks said police took Bowser into custody without incident at the house where the second shooting occurred. No charges have been filed yet.

Franks said police were also trying to determine what connection he had to the victims. He was brought to a jail in DeSoto.

Family members told the station the suspect was looking for his former girlfriend at both of the houses he allegedly shot up.

The condition of the four wounded victims wasn't known early Thursday.

  • Brian Dakss

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