Police: Mass shooting suspect killed 3 relatives
Updated On: Feb 21 2014 01:55:00 PM CST
According to police, the shooter's brother, niece and nephew were among the victims killed in a deadly shooting that took place in the small eastern California town of Alturas Thursday.
Alturas Police Chief Ken Barnes held a press conference Friday where he announced the names of the victims allegedly killed by former tribal chairwoman Cherie Lash, also known as Cherie Rhoades, during a shooting rampage at the Cedarville Rancheria.
The victims were identified as:
Rurik Davis, 50, Lash's brother and current tribal chairman.
Angel Penn, 19, Lash's niece.
Glenn Calonicco, 30, Lash's nephew.
And 47-year-old Sheila Russo.
The two surviving victims were flown to a hospital outside of Alturas. One survivor is described as being in critical condition while the other is alert and talking according to police.
Lash was arrested on charges including murder, attempted murder, child endangerment and brandishing a weapon.
Chief Barnes described the Cedarville Rancheria tribal office as a headquarters for the tribe's daily business which also contained a daycare and an after school facility.
Barnes also said several children were present in the building during the shooting, leading to the charge of child endangerment.
Modoc County Sheriff Mike Poindexter told reporters that Lash was initially booked into the Modoc County jail but has since been moved to an undisclosed location for her safety. Additionally the husband of one of the victims, Sheila Russo, is a Modoc County jail employee.
Police said this was an isolated incident and Lash acted alone.
The Alturas Police Department has established a public information hotline regarding the incident, residents requiring information should call 530-233-2897.
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