Four people were killed and four others were wounded Wednesday night in two separate but related shootings, one of which involved an explosive device, not far apart in Dallas and a nearby suburb, police said.
The suspect has been identified as Erbie Bowser, who identifies himself on his Facebook page as a former Dallas Mavericks dancer, CBS Dallas station KTVT-TV reports. Bowser was arrested at the second crime scene in DeSoto, Texas, outside Dallas. Charges against the suspect are still pending. Family members said that Bowser was looking for his ex-girlfriend at both of the houses.
The first shooting happened around 10:30 p.m. at a Dallas home. Two people there were shot and killed, and two more people were wounded, Dallas police Sgt. Warren Mitchell told media outlets.
The gunman then moved about 7 miles to another home in DeSoto, Mitchell said. There, at around 10:45 p.m., he tossed some type of explosive device into the home, police told KTVT-TV, before opening fire again.
Another two people were killed and two others wounded, DeSoto police Cpl. Melissa Franks said
Neighbors of the DeSoto home described the loud boom from the explosive device.
“We thought it was coming from upstairs because the kids are always upstairs making noise,” said Tommy Johnson. “I went up and asked, ‘Did y’all hear anything?’ and one of my daughters said it came from outside, so I peeped out the front, and that’s when I saw a bunch of officers walking down the sidewalk about 10 houses up.”
Franks said police took Bowser into custody without incident at the house where the second shooting occurred. She said no charges had been filed yet.
Victims that survived the Dallas shooting were taken to Parkland Hospital and Methodist Dallas Medical Center. Their current conditions are not known.
The conditions of the two surviving DeSoto victims - an 11-year-old boy and a 13-year-old boy - are also not known. They were transported to Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.