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2 high school cheerleaders shot in Texas after opening wrong car door

Payton Washington was injured in a shooting when one of her cheerleading teammates accidentally tried to enter the wrong car in a grocery store parking lot in Elgin, Texas, on April 18, 2023. Baylor Athletics

Two Texas cheerleaders were shot after one of them mistakenly got into the wrong vehicle in a parking lot after practice, officials said.

Elgin Police said officers responded to reports of a shooting outside an H-E-B supermarket early Tuesday. Officers found two victims with gunshot wounds. One of the victims was treated and released at the scene, the other was taken by helicopter to a hospital in critical condition, according to Elgin police.

A suspect identified as Pedro Tello Rodriguez Jr., 25, was arrested and charged with deadly conduct, a third-degree felony, police said.

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Lynne Shearer, the owner of Woodlands Elite Cheer, told NBC affiliate KXAN, that four cheerleaders from her gym typically carpooled from Austin to their location for practice. The teens stopped at the H-E-B in Elgin, about 25 miles northeast of Austin, where some of the members had parked their cars.

One of the teens accidentally tried to get into the wrong car, but when she tried to apologize, the man pulled a gun and she backed into her friend’s vehicle, Shearer said.

“And so they tried to speed off and he shot his gun, like five times or so into the car,” Shearer said.

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