UPDATE – A hand grenade has been identified as the explosive used by Erbie Bowser during his Dallas Texas shooting spree.
Police said that Bowser had launched a hand grenade into the second home he entered before moving in and shooting four people, killing two and injuring two more according to NBC News.
The shooting occurred late Wednesday evening in Dallas Texas before moving to DeSoto, about 10 miles away.
According to Dallas News, authorities say Bowser appears to have been trying to kill not only his former girlfriend but also his estranged wife.
People who had known Bowser seem to be in shock that he could do something to this magnitude, considering many believed him to be a “gentle giant.”
Bowser was formerly employed by the Mesquite Independent School District as a special education teacher from 2001 to 2010.
“He had a good history here, he was well liked, he’s been described as a gentle giant,” said district spokeswoman Laura Jobe. She said Bowser is a “very tall and just a very heavy man, a very large man.”
On Wednesday, Police found 43-year-old Toya Smith, and her 17-year-old daughter, Tasmia Allen, dead at the scene. Smith’s 14-year old song and Dasmine Mitchell, a family friend were found injured.
NBC News reported that Smith’s son still remains in critical condition.
The report continued on to say that Smith had been on the phone with her mother before the shooting. When the call went dead, she went to the house to discover the victims and called for help.
It was at that point that Bowser had already moved on to the house of his estranged wife, Zina Bowser, in DeSoto where he launched the hand grenade into the living room before shooting and killing her and 28-year-old Neima Williams.
The Chicago Tribune reported that the two boys that where injured in DeSoto were 11 and 13 years old and where Zina Bowser’s sons.
Family members said that none of the wounded children where actually related to Bowser. Reports say that police are launching an investigation to see if Bowser used another explosive in the Dallas home.
Police have Bowser in custody. Keep tuned in to The Inquisitr as we continue to monitor the Dallas shooting situation.
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