4 Dead in Bloody Attack at California Tribal Office

Cherie Lash Rhoades allegedly killed four people
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2014 10:09 AM CST

(Newser) – An eviction hearing for a formal tribal chairwoman ended in a hail of bullets yesterday at the Cedarville Rancheria American Indian tribal office in California. Alturas police say Cherie Lash Rhoades, also known as Sherie Lash, opened fire at around 3:30pm, shooting six people and killing four of them, KRCR reports. When she was out of bullets, she allegedly ran into the kitchen, grabbed a butcher knife and stabbed one of her victims again. One blood-drenched witness escaped and ran to get police.

Police say they found Rhoades outside, running with the knife still in her hands. A Rancheria employee helped tackle her, the Redding Record Searchlight reports. The two surviving victims were flown to the hospital. Rhoades allegedly killed two women, ages 19 and 45, and two men, 30 and 50, during the rampage. The tribe, which has just 35 members, had been considering evicting Rhoades and her 24-year-old son, who was also at the meeting, from Rancheria property. (Read more mass shootings stories.)

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