Shooting Outside an H-e-b in the Austin Area Injures Cheerleaders, Suspect is in Jail

Elgin police have Aman in jail after he allegedly shot two individuals in the H-E-B parking lot on Tuesday morning. At 12:15 a.m. on April 18, officers from the Elgin Police Department (EPD) responded to the H-E-B at 1080 E. US 290 in response to a report of gunfire.

At the same time that officers were dispatched to the initial incident, another call came in from the 800 block of North State Highway 95 reporting a shooting victim. The police found a link between the two events. The EPD claims they have evidence of a fight taking place in the H-E-B lot. Multiple shots were fired at a moving vehicle, hitting two people inside.

One victim was treated and released at the scene while the other was airlifted to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. One of the proprietors of Woodlands Elite Cheer in the Houston region, Lynne Shearer, has confirmed that two of the victims are cheerleaders on the team.

Austin-area Cheerleaders Injured in Shooting (2)
Austin-area Cheerleaders Injured in Shooting (2)

One of the sportsmen, she added, was not gravely hurt, while the other is still in critical condition. There were apparently two more cheerleaders present, but luckily they were unharmed. All season long, the four cheerleaders have been making the trip from the Austin region to Oak Ridge, Tennessee, as reported by Shearer.

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She mentioned that the females frequently park their automobiles at the H-E-B in Elgin since they commute there from the Austin area. According to Shearer, the cheerleaders left practice at 9:30 p.m. on Monday and got to the H-E-B between midnight and 12:15 a.m.

“They pulled up, unfortunately to the wrong car. They thought it was one of the girl’s cars – she went to get in the car, realized that there was somebody in there. She, I think, originally thought, ‘Oh my gosh, there’s somebody in my car,’ and then she realized, ‘Wait, this isn’t my car,'” Shearer said.

“Then the guy, from what we understand, the guy got out. She jumped back in her car, rolled down the window to apologize and say, ‘I’m sorry, I thought this was my car,’ and they saw that he had a gun.”

According to Shearer, the suspect opened fire after the girls tried to flee in their car out of fear. Throughout the night, detectives from the EPD and crime scene investigators tried to narrow down the suspect pool. The arrest of 25-year-old Pedro Tello Rodriguez Jr. leads to charges of third-degree criminal lethal conduct.

According to EPD, the investigation into this incident is ongoing, and more serious charges may be brought. To help pay for the cheerleader’s hospital bills, Woodlands Elite Cheer has started a GoFundMe page. According to Shearer, the athlete will remain in intensive care for several more days, and she will undergo other surgeries later this week.

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