(Reuters) — Four people were killed and
two others critically wounded when a woman opened fire at a Native
American tribal office near the Oregon border in Northern California on
Thursday, police said.
A 44-year-old former tribal leader identified as Sherie Lash, also
known as Sherie Rhoades, was arrested at the Cedarville Rancheria
Tribal Office on charges of murder and attempted murder, a
spokeswoman for the Alturas police department said.
The attack took place during an eviction hearing involving Lash,
police told Reuters.
Four people were shot and killed after the attacker pulled a gun and
began "systematically shooting individuals" in the office, Alturas
Police Chief Ken Barnes said. Two others were shot, and one of them
possibly wounded with a knife, as they tried to escape.
"This is like nothing I have had to deal with in my 25 years of
being with the city of Alturas," Barnes said. "It's just tragic."
Two women, aged 19 and 45, and two men aged 30 and 50, died,
authorities said. One of the dead men was a tribal leader.
The two victims who survived the attack, which took place at about
3:30 p.m. Pacific time (2330 GMT) on Thursday, were airlifted to
hospitals in a 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
Lash, of Cedarville, California, was being held at the Modoc County
Jail on charges of homicide, attempted murder, child endangerment
and brandishing a weapon. She would be moved to an undisclosed
facility, for her safety, Barnes said.