UPDATE 1:28 p.m. EST: Three of the four people killed in the Alturas shooting have been identified as relatives of Sherie Lash, according to a tweet from the Associated Press. The victims included the suspect's brother, niece and nephew, the AP reported.
Sherie Lash has been identified as the Native American woman who allegedly shot and killed four people and wounded two others during her eviction hearing Thursday in Alturas.
Lash, 44, who is also known as Sherie Rhoades, allegedly opened fire during the hearing at the Cedarville Rancheria tribal office in northern California, television station KRCR reported. She also used a butcher knife on one man after she ran out of bullets, according to the station. All six victims were shot.
Alturas Police Chief Ken Barnes told the Redding Record Searchlight that two men, ages 30 and 50, and two women, ages 19 and 45, were killed in the shooting. Another two women of unknown ages were in critical condition. One of the male victims was identified as a tribal leader.
Lash is a member of the Northern Paiute, a Native American tribe mostly situated in California, Idaho, Nevada and Oregon. She's also a former tribal leader.
Police were notified of the shooting when one of the victims, who was covered in blood, was able to escape to the Alturas police station. Lash was allegedly being aggressive when police officers arrived on the scene of the shooting. A Rancheria worker helped subdue her. She was then taken into custody, the Redding Record reported.
The eviction hearing was also attended by Lash’s 24-year-old son. Police said they were unsure why the suspect opened fire.
Authorities said the shooting was an isolated incident, KRCR reported. Lash was taken to the Modoc County Jail. She faces murder and attempted murder charges.
Police said they recovered two guns following the shooting. But Barnes said it’s unclear whether they had been used in the incident.