Cheerleaders Shot After Friend Mistakenly Approached Wrong Car

2 Texas All-Star Cheerleaders Reportedly Shot After Teammate Mistakenly Approached The Wrong Car

A Texas high school cheerleader is recovering after being shot on Monday, April 17. According to Fox 7 Austin, the cheerleader was traveling with three other teammates, and one teenager approached the wrong vehicle, mistaking it as her own.

More Details Regarding The Shooting

According to the outlet, four Stony Point High School cheerleaders were returning home from an “out-of-town cheer practice at Woodlands Elite in the Woodlands.” The girls had reportedly left their cars in a grocery store parking lot on “East 290 in Elgin.”

Upon arrival at the parking lot, one of the girls approached a vehicle, believing it was her own. She then attempted to get inside the car. However, realized it was the wrong vehicle.

She then returned to a teammate’s vehicle.

According to PEOPLE, the cheerleader has been identified as Heather Roth.

Roth shared a statement regarding the following events, as per CNN.

“I see the guy get out of the passenger door, and I rolled my window down, and I was trying to apologize to him. And then halfway, my window was down, and he just threw his hands up, and then he pulled out a gun and he just started shooting at all of us.”

One of the four cheerleaders was reportedly treated at the scene. While another, named Payton Washington, was airlifted to a local hospital.

Washington is currently in the ICU.

The Community’s Response & Washington’s Recovery

On Tuesday, the Woodlands Elite Cheer Co. took to Facebook to share news of the shooting and extend prayers for Washington’s recovery.

“4 of our girls were involved in a horrific incident on their way home after practice last night.
We are asking for your prayers for
Payton, Keyona, Heather & Genesis.
Also Big prayers for Payton as she recovers please.
Please keep these girls and our WE cheer family in your thoughts and prayers. WE appreciate our cheer community…”

Additionally, the cheerleading company launched a GoFundMe campaign to help “ease” the “financial burden” on Washington’s family. As of Wednesday morning, the campaign has raised over $68,000, with over 1,000 people donating.
The campaign’s description also provided insight into Washington’s condition and recovery road ahead.
“Payton was shot twice and badly injured. She is stable in the ICU and will have a long road to recovery.”
Woodlands Elite Cheer Owner Lynne Shearer also shared a statement regarding Washington’s athleticism, per Fox 7 Austin. The teenager was looking forward to competing in “her last All-Star Cheerleader World Championships” this weekend.
“She’s won every title there is to win in All-Star cheerleader except for a world title, so that makes this super heartbreaking for her. I don’t know what we’re going to put on the floor, but we will be there, and we will definitely all be competing for her.”

More Details Regarding The Shooting Suspect

According to Fox 7 Austin, 25-year-old Pedro Tello Rodriguez Jr. was arrested on Tuesday, April 18.

He has been charged with “deadly conduct, and additional charges may be filed.”

The shooting arrives on the heels of a previous incident that claimed the life of a 20-year-old woman named Kaylin A. Gillis. Gillis was killed on April 15 after mistakenly pulling into the wrong driveway in Hebron, New York, as reported by PEOPLE.

The incident also follows the shooting of 16-year-old Ralph Yarl, who was shot twice after mistakenly approaching the wrong house on April 13, as previously reported by The Shade Room.


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