Police: 4 dead, 2 injured in Northern California shooting (w/video)

ALTURAS — A woman who once served as a leader of a small Indian tribe opened fire at an eviction hearing, killing four people and critically wounding two others at a tribal headquarters in California, authorities said.

Cherie Lash Rhoades, former chairwoman of the Cedarville Rancheria tribe, was taken into custody on Thursday after the bloody attack in the small Northern California community of Alturas, police Chief Ken Barnes said.

Barnes told KRCR-TV that the four dead victims include a 19-year-old woman, a 30-year-old man, a 45-year-old woman and a 50-year-old man. He said one victim was the tribe's current leader. No names were released.

Authorities said Rhoades shot four people in the Cedarville Rancheria Tribal Office as a fifth person tried to flee. After running out of bullets, authorities said, Rhoades grabbed a butcher knife and stabbed a woman.

One person escaped the building, covered in blood, and ran to the Alturas police station to alert the authorities, according to KRCR.

The attack occurred as members of the tribe were meeting about evicting Rhoades and her son from her home on tribal land.

The headquarters — a ranch-style building with a pitched brown metal roof — is in a residential area about a block from the police station. A handful of sheriff's deputies and police officers were standing outside early Friday.

The area was cordoned off with yellow police tape, and a light powered by a generator was illuminating the building.

When officers arrived after the attack, Barnes said, Rhoades was outside the building, running and clutching a knife. A Rancheria employee helped tackle her and she was quickly subdued and brought into custody.

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