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Man accused of murdering four moved to Dallas County jail

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A 2002 photo of Erbie Bowser with the Mavs ManiAACs A 2002 photo of Erbie Bowser with the Mavs ManiAACs
A 2011 mugshot of Erbie Bowser A 2011 mugshot of Erbie Bowser
From left to right: Tasmia Allen, Storm Malone and Toya Smith From left to right: Tasmia Allen, Storm Malone and Toya Smith
Crime scene in DeSoto Crime scene in DeSoto

Erbie Bowser, the man accused of killing four and wounding four others has been booked into the Dallas County jail. Bowser had been at Parkland Hospital since his arrest Wednesday night.

Bowser, an ex-Mesquite ISD teacher and former Mavs ManiAACs dancer, has been charged with three counts of capital murder and two counts of aggravated assault after police say he went on a multi-city murder spree that left four people dead and four more wounded. Bond has been set at six and a half million dollars.

Police said 44-year-old Erbie Bowser opened fire at his girlfriend's home in the 7100 block of Long Canyon Trail in southwest Dallas around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

He shot and killed his ex-girlfriend, 43-year-old Toya Smith, and her daughter, 17-year-old Tasmia Allen. Smith's 14-year-old son, Storm Malone, and a family friend Dasmine Mitchell, 17, were also shot. Their conditions are unknown.

Smith's mother had been on the phone with her just before the shooting. When she couldn't reach her again later she got worried and drove to the house. She called 911 after discovering the crime scene.

Mitchell was able to speak with investigators while recovering at the hospital. She named Bowser as the shooter and picked him out of a lineup, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Shortly after responding to the original shooting, Dallas police asked officers in DeSoto to check on a house where they believed the suspect might be. And when officers arrived at the home in the 100 block of Galleria Drive they found four more gunshot victims.

Bowser's estranged wife, 47-year-old Zina Bowser, and her daughter, 28-year-old Neima Williams, were killed. Christopher White, 13, and Myles White, 11, were wounded and are in critical condition at an area hospital.

Neighbors said Zina lived in the home with her two sons. Her adult daughter was visiting Wednesday night with her 3-year-old child. They saw that child being taken away by Child Protective Services.

Bowser was arrested at the scene without incident and was later taken to Parkland Hospital in Dallas in an unknown condition.

Neighbors said they heard a loud bang or possibly an explosion at the home. Federal agents were called in to investigate the use of an explosive device.

Remnant debris and residue was collected from house in DeSoto by the ATF, but no description of the device will be made until analysis is completed in about two weeks. Bowser could face federal charges for using an explosive device.

Smith's family members said her relationship with the suspect was sometimes violent. They said they had been trying for years to get her to leave him, but they never suspected anything this tragic would happen.

Family members in DeSoto shared a similar story about a tumultuous relationship. Zina filed for divorce in 2011 and was granted a one year a protective order because of a family violence incident.

Bowser appeared on FOX 4 as a member of the 2002 Mavs ManiAACs squad. A spokeswoman for the team confirmed he was with the squad until 2009.

The Mesquite Independent School District confirmed he worked for the district from 2001 to 2010. He was a special education teacher at Mesquite Academy, Berry Middle School and West Mesquite High School, where he also coached football.

A spokeswoman for the district described him as a "gentle giant" and a "very lovable guy." He did not appear violent in any way and left the district on good terms.

Smith's family said he has a military background.

Both Dallas and DeSoto police departments, as well as the FBI and ATF, are now investigating the case.

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