Alturas shooting suspect was under federal investigation

Feb 21, 2014 4:11 PM

According the Associated Press, Alturas shooting suspect Cherie Lash Rhodes was under federal investigation for $50,000 in missing funds that may have been grants to the Cedarville Rancheria tribe.

Police say Rhoades, former chairwoman of the Cedarville Rancheria tribe, shot and killed the four people on Thursday during a meeting at tribal headquarters about evicting her and her son from tribal land.

The Alturas Police Department has identified the four people who died in the shooting at the Cedarville Rancheria Tribal Office at 300 W. 1st Street in Alturas. The victims included the suspect's brother, 50-year-old Rurik Davis, her niece, 19-year-old Angel Penn and her nephew, 30-year-old Glenn Calonicco. The other deceased victim was 47-year-old Shelia Lynn Russo.

Two other people were air lifted to outside hospitals in critical condition. As of this morning one victim was still listed in critical and the second victim was alert and talking.

Rhoades was at tribal eviction hearing with her son, 24-year-old Jack Stockton when the shooting occurred around 3:30 p.m. She was taken into custody and moved to an undisclosed location for safety purposes last night.

Investigators from the California Department of Justice and the California Highway Patrol have provided assistance with the investigation.

The investigation is still ongoing. Rhoades is scheduled to be in court on Tuesday.

There will be a candlelight vigil held at 6:00 p.m. where the shooting occurred.


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