At the American Indian Headquarters in Alturas, California, former tribal leader, Cherie Lash Rhoades – in what spectators are saying – went berserk Thursday evening, February 20th.
Rhoades, the former chairwoman of Cedarville Rancheria, allegedly shot four people in the tribal office and a fifth person who was trying to escape. When she ran out of bullets, she allegedly picked up a butcher knife and stabled a sixth victim.
The first four victims killed were a 19-year-old woman, a 30-year-old man, a 45-year-old woman and a 50-year-old man. One of these victims was reported as the tribe’s leader.
Two other women were wounded, one severely. One had been shot four or five times and possibly also stabbed. She is recovering in an intensive care unit after a lengthy surgery. The other woman was shot once and is recovering after surgery. Both are in critical condition.
One person escaped the massacre. Covered in blood from the other victims, she ran to City Hall where police were alerted of the slaughter.
When police arrived on the scene, Rhoades was running outside the building with the knife still in her hands. An employee at Rancheria helped tackle her. Rhoades was taken into custody and faces murder and attempted murder charges.
Alturas is a remote town located in the northeast area of California, near the Oregon border. The Bureau of Land Management (who oversee public lands with American Indian tribes), have Rhoades listed as recently being replaced as chairwoman of Cedarville Rancheria.
Cedarville Rancheria is a recognized tribe of the Northern Paiute nation. Statistics show 26 people as living in the tribe and governed by an elected council to serve a 3-year term.
Members of the tribe were holding a meeting on evicting Rhoades and her son from the Rancheria when Rhoades allegedly attacked the council.
Last year, in Modesto, California, two people were killed when serving an Eviction Notice. Deputy Robert Paris was serving the eviction notice. Paris was accompanied by Glendon Engert, a locksmith who had been hired to get access to the condominium as part of the eviction process. The tenant open fired, killing Paris and Engert and a stand-off began. Ten hours later, a fire erupted from the apartment after authorities threw flash grenades and tear gas into the unit to try to flush the shooter out.
The burned, charred body of the suspect, James Ferrario, was found after the fire was extinguished. Ferrario had fallen behind on payments on a $15,000 Bank of America mortgage. He also appeared to have defaulted on $13,406 owed to the Whispering Woods Community Association. The Association foreclosed on the condominium, followed by the bank foreclosure in December.
On average, there are approximately 10,000 evictions processed each week in the U.S. That number is no wonder, with almost 900,000 foreclosures each year.
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