Friday, February 21, 2014

Four killed by woman threatened with eviction from California Indian reservation

This woman apparently lost any semblance of sanity during a tribal eviction. Luckily one of the victims escaped and ran to the police station. Residents of the city Alturas are in shock, as this type of crime had been unheard of prior to this massacre. Read the article below for more details...

An eviction hearing at an American Indian headquarters in North California turned bloody when a former tribal leader went berserk, killing four people and wounding two others, cops said.
Cherie Lash Rhoades, former chairwoman of Cedarville Rancheria, allegedly shot four people during the in the tribal office and a fifth person who tried to escape the mayhem.
After running out of bullets the bloodthirsty woman allegedly grabbed a butcher knife and stabbed a person.
The suspect was “systematically shooting individuals,” Barnes said.
“This is like nothing I have had to deal with in my 25 years of being with the city of Alturas. It's just tragic.”

Rhoades herself was a former Rancheria tribal leader. The current leader was among the dead, authorities said.
When cops arrived on the scene Thursday afternoon Rhoades was running around in front of the building with the knife still in her hands, Alturas police chief Ken Barnes said.
A Rancheria employee helped tackle her and she was taken into custody, Barnes said. She faces murder and attempted murder charges.
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.
Barnes said one of the dead victims is the tribe's leader.

The two victims who survived the attack were in critical condition.
One victim, who had been shot at least four or five times and possibly stabbed, was out of surgery and in an intensive care unit, Barnes said. The other victim, who was shot once, was recovering after surgery.
The bloodshed began during a tribal meeting about evicting Rhoades and her son from her home at the Rancheria, which is in remote northeastern California, about 30 miles south of the Oregon border.


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