Police believe the four people killed in the Alturas shooting on Thursday were all part of the Cedarville Rancheria tribe. Four people were killed and two others were seriously injured when a woman opened fire in an Indian tribal office in northern California, near the Oregon border, police said. An updated report from the ChicoER today revealed that the suspect in the Alturas shooting, 44-year-old former tribal leader Sherie Lash, carried out the brutal attack during an eviction hearing at an American Indian headquarters.
Sherie Lash, also known as Sherie Rhoades, was arrested and is facing several felony charges, said a police spokeswoman in Alturas.
Two of the victims in the Alturas shooting survived the attack and they were rushed to the hospital in critical condition, said a spokeswoman. Those killed in the Alturas shooting were two women aged 19 and 45, and two men of 30 and 50 years.
CNN reported on its website that Rhoades grabbed a butcher knife from the kitchen and attacked another person once she ran out of ammunition.
According to various reports on the Alturas shooting incident, one person fled the scene, covered with blood of the victims, and ran to the police station to alert authorities
When officers arrived, the woman was outside the building and running with a knife in her hands, according to police chief Ken Barnes. She was arrested and taken into custody.
Police say the Alturas shooting was carried out by Rhoades because she was infuriated at the fact that she was facing eviction from the tribe.
Alturas is located in a remote area in northern California, about 48 kilometers south of the Oregon border.
More details on the Alturas shooting will be posted here as they are made available.