Texas All-Star Cheerleader recovering after being shot before her last world championship

Texas All-Star Cheerleader recovering after being shot before her last world championship

Due to an irrational act of aggression, she will be unable to partake, however, individuals near the cheerleader mentioned that it was meant to be a significant weekend for her.

In Elgin, a cheerleader from a Texas high school is currently recuperating in the hospital following a gunshot wound. This unfortunate incident occurs right before the most prominent international All-Star Cheerleading competition.

Due to an irrational act of aggression, she will be unable to partake, however, individuals near the cheerleader mentioned that it was meant to be a significant weekend for her.

On Monday, April 17th, three teammates from High Point Stony Washington Payton School’s Elite Woodlands cheerleading squad returned home from a cheer practice in a nearby town. They had left their cars in the parking lot of H-E-B on 290 East in Elgin.

She turned and realized what she had done – she mistakenly tried to get into the wrong car. A close source informed the 7 FOX investigation that it was one of the cheerleaders.

Payton Washington is recovering after being shot in an H-E-B parking lot before her last world championship

Pedro Tello Rodriguez Jr., 25, was in the alternative vehicle with a weapon, and he discharged several rounds at the girls.

“It was a distressing night for all four of those girls,” Woodlands Elite Cheer Owner Lynne Shearer said.

Payton was airlifted to a local hospital ICU and received medical treatment after the accident. One cheerleader was released and treated at the scene, without any doubt that she will have the support of friends and family during her recovery.

Shearer said, “She has already surpassed a lot of things in athletics, and she wasn’t even expected to survive, let alone excel, starting from the very beginning as a baby.”

Shearer referred to Payton as one of the most powerful athletes to ever train at her gym.

Shearer said, “She has so many little kids around the country, but she is definitely an icon in the world of all-star cheerleaders, literally.”

This weekend was expected to be a significant one for Payton, her final All-Star Cheerleader World Championships.

Texas cheerleader awake, talking as she recovers in ICU

Payton will remain in the intensive care unit for a few additional days and, according to Shearer, she is conscious and engaged in conversation as of Wednesday, April 19th.

Shearer said, “For her heart-wrenching performance, this achievement is nothing short of remarkable. She has won the title of All-Star cheerleader, except for the world title, every time.”

But Payton’s athletic career isn’t over. She has already signed to be on the Baylor Acrobatics and Tumbling team in the fall.

“We were extremely thrilled when she committed, she actually committed ahead of schedule, as a junior,” Shearer mentioned.

Felecia Mulkey, the coach of Baylor Acrobatics and Tumbling, stated:

If you know her, you know that Payton is a resilient young woman. I am confident that she will overcome this. She is not only an incredible athlete but also a remarkable individual, which is why she is considered a part of our Baylor family. My thoughts and prayers are with Payton and her teammates who were involved in the tragic event last night. I am aware that emotional wounds can also leave lasting scars. During this difficult time, we want to support the athletes and their families. We truly care for Payton and we hope for her speedy recovery.

Regarding the upcoming global championships this weekend.

Shearer said, “We will definitely all be competing for her, and we will definitely all be there, but I don’t know what we’re going to put on the floor.”

Payton will remain in the intensive care unit for a few additional days and, according to Shearer, she is conscious and engaged in conversation as of Wednesday, April 19th.

A crowdfunding campaign has been established to assist with the healthcare expenses for Payton.

Pedro Tello Rodriguez Jr., 25.

Rodriguez was apprehended on Tuesday, April 18. According to the Elgin police, he departed from the H-E-B parking area following the incident, and law enforcement personnel diligently searched for him throughout the night.

According to the arrest affidavit, the suspect, who was still dressed in the same attire as during the shooting, was tracked down at his residence by the police after they obtained his license plate number through surveillance footage. The store manager witnessed the suspect firing multiple shots at the vehicle before fleeing the scene.

He was accused of dangerous behavior, and further charges might be brought forward.

The Elgin shooting prompted statements from grassroots network Everytown for Gun Safety, with both gun safety advocacy groups, Students Demand Action and Moms Demand Action, issuing responses. These responses came from their respective chapters in Texas, specifically the chapters of Moms Demand Action.

Brynn Beecham, a volunteer with Students Demand Action, expressed, “We refuse to acknowledge that this is the way we are obligated to exist. We ought not to be obliged to feel anxious about our safety while returning home from practice or attending school – Texas legislators have established a situation for my age group wherein a mistake as minor as confusing my vehicle with another could result in a violent response.”

Grace Hedrick, a volunteer with Moms Demand Action, expressed, “and ensured it is Texan every until cease won’t we – to make our communities and daily routines feel safe – to feel safe in our own homes – everyone has the right to public safety. We are heartbroken over the events that occurred on Tuesday night. We witness the aftermath of the gun lobby’s agenda, where lives are needlessly lost and others are permanently affected by preventable tragedies. This is happening all over the country.”

This also occurred as the House Select Committee on Community Safety conducted a hearing on legislation pertaining to gun control.