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CNN reports this morning that "two teenage cheerleaders were shot after one said she mistook the suspect’s vehicle for her own in a supermarket parking lot near Texas’ capital – making this at least the third incident this week in which young people who’d made an apparent mistake were met with gunfire."

According to the story, "Authorities arrested Pedro Tello Rodriguez Jr., 25, the man they say shot the two teens. He was taken into custody early Tuesday, the Elgin Police Department said in a news release later that morning … Tello is accused of deadly conduct with a firearm, a third-degree felony. He is being held on a $500,000 bond. It was not immediately clear whether he has an attorney.

"Officers responding just after midnight Tuesday to an H-E-B supermarket parking lot found two people in a vehicle who’d been struck by bullets, police said, citing preliminary reports. One with serious injuries was rushed by helicopter to a hospital and was in critical condition, while the other was treated at the scene, the release said."  The teen with serious injuries suffered from a ruptured spleen, which was removed, and she also suffered damage to her pancreas and diaphragm.

The story notes that "Tuesday’s shooting was yet another case this week in which young people were shot after apparently going to the wrong place, including a 16-year-old struck in the head after ringing the wrong doorbell in Kansas City and a 20-year-old killed by the owner of a home whose driveway she’d inadvertently turned into."

KC's View:

Considering that the two teens are expected to physically recover, I suppose that "deadly conduct with a firearm" may be as tough a charge as is likely to be filed.  But "terminal stupidity" might be more appropriate.

I've written here before about how we seem to be living in a world where one cannot go to a supermarket, mall, church, movie theater, concert or a school without being at risk for being shot.  Now, apparently, you can't go anywhere.  You can't use someone's driveway to turn around, you can't go up to the wrong house or the wrong car.

This should matter to retailers, for at least two reasons.  First, it is their property on which some of these scenarios are playing out.  And second, it is their children and grandchildren who increasingly seem to be at risk.  I'm not sure what retailers can do, but they have to be able toi do something.