4 dead, 2 injured in California shooting

Published 10:42 am Friday, February 21, 2014

ALTURAS, Calif. — An eviction hearing at a tiny Indian tribe’s headquarters building in Northern California turned deadly as a woman who once served as a leader for the band of Northern Paiute Indians allegedly opened fire, killing four people and critically wounding two others, authorities said.

Cherie Lash Rhoades, former chairwoman of the Cedarville Rancheria tribe, was taken into custody after the bloody attack Thursday afternoon, Alturas Police Chief Ken Barnes said.

Barnes told KRCR-TV that the four dead include a 19-year-old woman, a 30-year-old man, a 45-year-old woman and a 50-year-old man. He said one victim is the tribe’s current leader. No names were released.

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Police said tribal members were meeting about evicting Rhoades and her son from her home on Rancheria land.