Former teacher, Mavs male dancer arrested in Dallas shootings

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DESOTO, Texas – Police have arrested a former special education teacher and Dallas Mavericks all-male dance team performer in the shooting deaths of four people near Dallas.

According to our Dallas sister station KXAS, four women are dead and four children are injured after the shootings Wednesday night.

DeSoto police arrested 44-year-old Erbie Bowser and are investigating if a grenade or other explosive device was used in the attacks.

Authorities said they were called to the first shooting in southwest Dallas at 10:30 p.m.

Then just 15 minutes later, they were called to a second shooting in DeSoto, about 10 miles from Dallas.

That is where they took Bowser into custody.DeSoto shooting suspect

KXAS reported family members at both scenes identified the victims as Toya Smith, her daughter, Mia Allen, Zina Teal and her daughter, Niema.

They said Bowser was in a relationship with Toya.

According to KXAS, Bowser was part of the Dallas Mavericks “Mavs ManiAACs” male dance team, though, according to the Mavericks, he left the squad after seven seasons in 2009 and the organization hasn’t had any contact with him since.

The Mesquite Independent School District confirmed Bowser was once employed as a special education teacher and a volunteer coach in the district from 2001 to 2010.

KXAS said, according to the district, he worked at Mesquite Academy, Berry Middle School and West Mesquite High School until he resigned in 2010.

The district said Bowser was not terminated.

Police said Bowser is being held at the DeSoto Jail and that further details will be released after he is officially charged.

KXAS reporters Greg Janda, Frank Heinz, Kendra Lyn and Jeff Smith contributed to this report.

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