An eviction hearing at a small Indian tribe's headquarters building in Northern California has turned deadly and is now being referred to as the Alturas shooting. The Chicago Tribune reported on Feb. 21, 2014, that four people are dead and two have been critically wounded when a woman opened fire, and was even said to have used a knife.
44-year-old Sherie Lash, also known as Sherie Rhoades, is a former tribal leader and was arrested at the Cedarville Rancheria Tribal Office. She has been charged with murder and attempted murder in the Alturas shooting.
The four that have died are a 30-year-old man, a 19-year-old woman, a 50-year-old man, and a 45-year-old woman. One of the victims is the current leader of the tribe, but no names have been released at all.
A meeting was being held by tribal members in regards to evicting Rhoades and her son from their home on the Rancheria land.
At the meeting, she pulled out a gun and shot the four people, killing them. She also shot a fifth person that was attempting to flee the scene. Lash then used a butcher knife and stabbed a woman because she had run out of bullets in her gun.
The police were alerted of the Alturas shooting when a person escaped the building and ran into the police station, covered in blood.
Lash was outside the building upon the arrival of the police. She was running around and holding the knife in her hands. An employee of Rancheria tackled her and she was brought into custody by police.