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4 Dead in Northern California Shooting

 
4 Dead in Northern California Shooting
Posted Friday, February 21st 2014 @ 6pm  by KFBK News - Tom Cutler

Four people are dead and at least two are injured at a small Native American Rancheria in far northeastern California. 

Police say a woman facing eviction from an American Indian tribal headquarters in Cedarville, near Alturas in Modoc County, went on a gun and knife rampage.  

Alturas Police Chief Ken Barnes did not release details about the incident, but did make a brief comment regarding those who died. 

"A 19-year-old female victim, a 30-year-old male victim, a 50-year-old male victim and approximately a 45-year-old female victim," 

Sherie Rhoades, 44, -- also known as Sherie Lash -- is a former tribal leader at the Cedarville Rancheria.  

Tribal members were meeting on whether to evict Rhoades and her son when she allegedly opened fire.

The current leader of the Rancheria is among those reported dead.  

Three of the four people killed by a woman at a Northern California Indian tribe headquarters this week were the woman's relatives.  Modoc County Sheriff's officials say Cherie Lash Rhoades killed her brother, her niece and her nephew when she opened fire at a meeting at the Cedarville Rancheria tribe headquarters in the tiny town of Alturas Thursday.  Rhoades also allegedly critically wounded two others.

Officials say when Rhoades ran out of bullets she used a butcher knife to continue the assault.  Witnesses told authorities there's been bad blood between Rhoades and numerous other members of the tribe for years.

 

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