‘Cheer’ star Cassadee Dunlap’s father shot dead, in critical condition after accidentally entering wrong apartment


The father of ‘Cheer’ star Cassadee Dunlap was shot after accidentally entering the wrong apartment in Little Rock, Arkansas, according to a police incident report.

Ronald Dunlap, 49, was shot several times early on Saturday. He is hospitalized in critical condition, Little Rock police said.

The incident happened just after 3 a.m. when Dunlap walked into Joshua Womack’s apartment, according to the report.

Womack, 23, told police he was sleeping and woke up to a knock on his front door, according to the report. He armed himself with a gun.

“Womack said while walking around the corner that he observed Ronald Dunlap in his kitchen,” according to the report. “Womack said he fired about 5-6 rounds.”

Dunlap was found lying on the floor in the apartment with multiple gunshot wounds, police said. Officers also found that the front door to the apartment was cracked and damaged.

Dunlap’s nephew told officers at the scene that Dunlap “accidentally walked into the wrong apartment and was shot,” according to the report.

Womack told NBC News he fears his home could be broken into. He said he had lived in the apartment complex for 2½ years and had never met Dunlap before.

“I thought someone was going to break in and attack me. It was the only thing I could think of at the moment,” he said on Wednesday.

No charges have been filed pending a review, police said. Dunlap’s family could not be reached for comment on the phone numbers listed for them.

Cassadee Dunlap appears in the Netflix series “Cheer,” which follows a group of student cheerleaders at Navarro College in Texas. She has not publicly commented on the shooting.

The Netflix docuseries has repeatedly made headlines after former star Jerry Harris was indicted in 2020 on child sex abuse charges and sentenced in July to 12 years in prison.



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