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ELGIN POLICE INVESTIGATING WOODLANDS CHEERLEADERS SHOT LAST NIGHT

A well-known athlete in the cheer world was hospitalized after she and a fellow cheerleader were shot on their commute from practice in the Woodlands.  Payton Washington, an incoming athlete for Baylor’s Acrobatic and Tumbling team, was reportedly shot in the back and leg on Tuesday. Elgin police say multiple shots were fired into a vehicle Washington and at least three other teammates were in. The cheerleaders reportedly stopped at an H-E-B on US 290 in Elgin at about midnight while carpooling from the Woodlands Elite Cheer Company where they practice.  Elgin is a carpool meeting place for young women. Elgin police confirm that two cheerleaders were shot, including Washington who is a high school senior in Round Rock. According to officers, a call first came in at the HEB for shots fired then another shooting scene in the 800 block of SH 95 North which is just around the corner from the HEB. One of the girls was treated and released on the scene, but Washington was flown to a nearby hospital in critical condition. Investigators said they worked overnight to identify and arrest the alleged gunman, 25-year-old Pedro Tello Rodriguez Jr. He is charged with deadly conduct.

 

Pedro Tello Rodriguez Jr.

FROM WOODLANDS ELITE FACEBOOK

4 of our girls were involved in a horrific incident on their way home after a 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.

If you want to donate to help Payton’s medical expenses, use
this link for the GoFund Me, and it’s in our bio
https://gofund.me/0950724e

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