By JEFF BARNARD
ALTURAS, Calif. (AP) -- A woman who opened fire at the headquarters
of a Northern California Indian tribe killed her brother, nephew and
niece, police said Friday.
Cherie Lash Rhoades, former chairwoman of the Cedarville Rancheria
tribe, killed a total of four people and critically wounded two others
on Thursday during a meeting at tribal headquarters about evicting her
and her son from tribal land, authorities said.
Those killed included the suspect's brother, 50-year-old Rurik Davis,
her niece, 19-year-old Angel Penn and her nephew, 30-year-old Glenn
Calonicco, Modoc County Sheriff Mike Poindexter said.
The other person killed was identified as Sheila Ross, 47, who was not related to the suspect.
One of the people wounded was alert and talking. The other remained in critical condition.
After running out of bullets, authorities said, Rhoades grabbed a
butcher knife and stabbed a woman. One person escaped the building,
covered in blood, and ran to the Alturas police station to alert the
authorities, according to KRCR.
Rhoades was taken into custody after the attack in the small Northern
California community of Alturas, police Chief Ken Barnes said.
When officers arrived after the attack, Barnes said, Rhoades was
outside the building, running and clutching a knife. A Rancheria
employee helped tackle her and she was quickly subdued and brought into
A person who answered the phone at a residence listed for declined to comment.
The headquarters -- a ranch-style building with a pitched brown metal
roof -- is in a residential area about a block from the police station.
The area was cordoned off with yellow police tape, and a light powered
by a generator was illuminating the building.
Investigators said they found two guns but Barnes said he didn't know
whether both had been used in the shooting, according to the paper.
Alturas, the seat of Modoc County, is about 55 miles south of the
Oregon border and 35 miles west of the Nevada line. The motto of the
community of 2,800 -- "Where the West Still Lives" -- reflects the
area's wilderness and natural beauty.
The Cedarville Rancheria is a federally recognized tribe with 35
members, according to its website. The Rancheria owns 26 acres in
Cedarville, where many of its families reside.
"You wouldn't think this would happen in a small town like this,"
said Mike Tedrick, a retired county auditor who lives about 50 yards
from the tribal headquarters. "If it happened here, it could happen
Tedrick said he and his wife were watching television and did not hear any shots. They did, however, hear police sirens.
"Police were all over the place," he said.