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Suspect identified in Alturas mass shooting

By Tracey Leong, tleong@krcrtv.com
Nate Hauser
Published On: Feb 20 2014 09:49:23 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 20 2014 09:00:00 PM CST

Sherie Lash AKA Sherie Rhoades

ALTURAS, Calif. -

Alturas Police Chief Ken Barnes identified the woman accused of killing four people and injuring two more in a mass shooting in Alturas as 44-year-old Cherie Lash also known as Cherie Rhoades from Cedarville, California.

According to police, Lash was attending a tribal eviction meeting at the Cedarville Rancheria tribal office Thursday around 3:30 p.m. when she opened fire, shooting six people. Four of them died.

At least one of the injured was also attacked with a butcher knife after Lash ran out of ammunition, police said.

A witness was able to escape the office and run, covered in victims blood, to the Alturas police station where they sounded the alarm.

Police say when they arrived Lash was outside the building, running with a knife in her hands but was quickly subdued.

Police went on to say one of the male victims was the current tribal leader and that the deceased's bodies were still inside the building.

The deceased victims have been identified as a 19-year-old woman, a 45-year-old woman, a 30-year-old man and a 50-year-old man.

Lash, who was a former tribal leader, was at the hearing facing eviction from the Rancheria alongside her son.

The Cedarville Rancheria is a small Federally Recognized Tribe comprised of 35 members.

The two surviving victims were flown to a hospital outside the area where they are in critical condition.

Lash has been booked into the Modoc County jail and authorities have said this is an isolated incident.