ALTURAS, Calif. (AP) — A former tribal chairwoman allegedly opened fire Thursday at an American Indian tribal headquarters in northern California, killing four people and wounding two others in a gun and knife attack, police said.
Alturas Police Chief Ken Barnes said 44-year-old Cherie Lash Rhoades was taken into custody after the bloody attack at the Cedarville Rancheria Tribal Office in Alturas, about 55 miles south of the Oregon border and 35 miles west of the Nevada line.
Barnes said in a report carried by 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. The police chief said one victim is the tribe’s leader.
Tribal members were meeting about evicting Rhoades and her son from property at the Rancheria which, according to its website, is a federally recognized tribe with 35 members, the police official said.
The station’s report said that Rhoades allegedly pulled out a gun and shot four people in the building and a fifth person who tried to flee. After running out of ammunition, she grabbed a butcher knife and stabbed another person.
Alturas is the setting of one of the major character/storylines in my new book.
Not quite this exciting. Well, maybe in a somewhat different way.