Four dead, four hurt in Dallas after ex-boyfriend allegedly goes on shooting spree




Posted on August 9, 2013 at 7:45 AM

DALLAS - Relatives have identified three of the victims in an overnight shooting spree.

Toya Smith, 43, and two of her children were among eight people shot at homes in Dallas and DeSoto, Smith's family said.

Smith and her 17-year-old daughter, Tasmia Allen, and two others died in the shooting.  Smith's 14-year-old son, Storm Malone, is among four other people shot who were taken to area hospitals.

One of Tasmia's friends, a 17-year-old girl, was also injured, Smith's family said.  Her condition isn't known.

The identities of the four remaining victims haven't been released.

Smith's relatives identified the suspect as the woman's ex-boyfriend, Erbie Bowser, a former Dallas Mavericks ManiAAc dancer.

Dallas police said the man walked into his ex-girlfriend's southwest Dallas home on Long Canyon Trail late Wednesday and shot four people.

Bowser left Dallas and went a DeSoto home on Galleria, police said.  Bowser tossed an explosive device into a home and after it detonated, went inside and shot four people, according to officers.

Bowser's ex-wife, who hasn't been identified, reportedly owns the DeSoto home where the second shooting happened.  Police have not said whether she is among the victims.

Dallas police said the man ran out of ammunition and was arrested in DeSoto.  WFAA learned the man has tattoos identifying him as a former military.

Police tell WFAA the suspect pretended to be one of the victims when police arrived at the home.  The suspect reportedly repeated his name, rank and serial number to police.

Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms will assist Dallas police with the investigation.