Wednesday night, a man went on a rampage, shooting 4 people and injuring 4 others in multiple locations, both in Dallas, Texas and the nearby town of Desoto, one of which he possibly used explosives. The police took into custody Thursday morning a former special education teacher Erbie Bowser, but said no charges had been filed against him.
A man is in custody after four people were killed and four more injured after two seemingly connected shootings, one of which may have involved explosives, in Dallas and the neighboring city of DeSoto late on Wednesday evening, police said.
Police in DeSoto have identified the suspect as a former special education teacher Erbie Bowser, but said no charges had been filed against him early on Thursday morning. They did not give any other information on Bowser.
Officers were called to the 7100 block of Long Canyon Trail in Dallas at around 10:30 p.m. local time, where they found an adult woman and her adult daughter dead. A 14-year-old male and a 17-year-old female were also found shot at the scene, and were transported to a hospital. Police did not identify the victims or provide details on the condition of the wounded on Thursday.
One of the female adult victims in the house had been on the phone with her mother before the shooting, police said. The mother became worried after the call ended, and received no answer when she attempted to call the victim back. The mother then went to the house, discovered the shooting, and called for help, according to police.
The suspect had fled by the time police arrived at the house in Dallas, according to city Police Department spokesman Warren Mitchell. Officers in Dallas, working on a tip, identified the suspect and found he had a connection to DeSoto.
The suspect was already on his way to the city just south of Dallas, however.
Police received a 911 call from a child inside the house in DeSoto around 10:45 p.m. according to Cpl. Melissa Franks of the DeSoto Police Department. When police arrived, they discovered two deceased adult females and two injured boys, aged 14 and 11.
The suspect was discovered among the victims at the DeSoto address and “taken into custody without incident,” Franks said.
Reports have stated that an explosive device was used at the house in DeSoto, and agents from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were on the scene Thursday.
“I believe there was an explosive device used,” Franks said. “I don’t know all the particulars.”
Neighbor Tommy Johnson told NBC-DFW that she heard a loud boom come from the direction of the house in DeSoto on Wednesday, but did not think it was anything serious until she saw police officers on the street.
While police did not describe the relationship between the suspect and his alleged victims on Thursday, Franks said the DeSoto shooting was thought to be a “domestic-related incident.”
Bowser was formerly employed by the Mesquite Independent School District as a special education teacher from 2001 to 2010, the district told NBC-DFW. He also worked as a volunteer coach for the district before resigning in 2010, according to the district.