Did a former Dallas Mavericks dancer kill four people in a shooting on Wednesday night? Erbie "E-Luv" Bowser, who was part of the ManiAACs team for overweight males from 2002 to 2009, was arrested just south of Dallas. Charges are still pending.
Erbie Bowser, 44, allegedly shot and killed two women inside a house in Dallas. The victims have reportedly been identified as Bowser's ex-girlfriend, 43-year-old Toya Smith, and her 17-year-old daughter, Tasmia Allen. Two other teenagers were also wounded in this shooting, though their conditions are unknown.
The man known as "E-Luv" then apparently drove to the house of his estranged wife in nearby DeSoto. The couple filed for divorce in January 2011. Erbie Bowser allegedly tossed a grenade into the house and then shot and killed two women. Two other boys were also hurt before the suspect ran out of ammunition. Those victims have not yet been identified.
"We thought it was coming from upstairs, because the kids are always upstairs making noise," said DeSoto resident 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 and about 10 houses up."
Erbie Bowser was still at this house when the police arrived. According to officials, he first pretended to be a victim and mentioned his Army rank. Indeed, he supposedly served between October 1991 and November 2000, eventually becoming a staff sergeant.
The suspect was also a special education teacher for 10 years at the Mesquite Independent School District in the Dallas suburb. Erbie Bowser resigned on "good terms" in 2010 and also served as a volunteer football coach at the high school.
"From what I understand, he was a very likable guy," said Laura Jobe, an administrative officer for the district. "He was described to me as a gentle giant; never anything violent about him. In fact, just the opposite."
But even before this Dallas shooting, Erbie "E-Luv" Bowser did have a criminal history. In December 2011, he was arrested for violating a protective order and evading arrest. That protective order apparently came as part of his divorce. A month after that separation, a judge wrote that the couple had a history of violence. Bowser had also been arrested previously for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.