Usa, 2 cheerleaders get the wrong car: man shoots and injures them

25-year-old arrested in Texas. One of the two girls is in serious condition

Two cheerleaders were injured, one seriously, by a man who opened fire after the girls are enter the wrong car in a supermarket parking lot Elgin near Austin Texas. “According to the reconstructions, several shots were fired against the vehicle”, announced the police who arrested Pedro Tello Rodriguez, 25, accused of lethal conduct. A helicopter was needed to transport to hospital one of the injured girls who were part of a group of four Woodlands Elite Cheerleaders who had stopped at the supermarket on their way home from practice around midnight. One of the girls who escaped the shooting, Heather Roth, said on Instagram that she had accidentally opened the door of the wrong car, immediately realizing that there was a man sitting in the passenger seat. The man then approached the car of his friends and started shooting.

The cheerleading coach, Lynn Shearer, provided the identity of the seriously injured girl, Payton Washington. The similarity of this shooting to those that took place in recent days in Kansas City is striking, where 16-year-old African American Ralph Yarl was injured by an 84-year-old white man after ringing at the wrong address, and in a rural town in upstate New York, where the 20-year-old Kaylin Gills was killed when a homeowner fired a car that accidentally drove into her driveway.

Incredible incidents that are rekindling the debate on the excessive diffusion and freedom in the use of weapons, and on the so-called ‘stand your ground laws’, the laws that legitimize the use of firearms for the defense of one’s person or one’s own property.