Former Tribal Chairperson Cherie Rhoades charged in shooting that left four dead at Cedarville Rancheria Tribal Office & Community Center. PHOTO Courtesy: Alturas Police Department
ALTURAS, CALIFORNIA — With the Cedarville Rancheria Tribal Office and Community Center sealed off as a crime scene after Thursday’s deadly shooting that left four people dead, many questions remain left unanswered one day later.
The tribal offices are closed and calls are being sent to voicemail with no returned calls.
What is known is: former Tribal Chairperson Cherie Louise Rhoades, 44, was arrested after the shooting spree and taken to the Modoc County Jail on charges of homicide, attempted murder, child endangerment and brandishing a weapon. She has been moved to an undisclosed facility for her safety.
Rhoades was taken into custody at the scene with the assistance from officers from the Modoc County Sheriff’s Department and the California Highway Patrol.
Cedarville Rancheria Tribal Office – Scene of deadly shooting spree
Among the killed were members of Rhoades family, including her brother, Rurik Daniel Davis, 50, who was the tribal administrator of the Cedarville Rancheria; Angel Moonstar Penn, Rhoades’ 19-year-old niece; and Glenn Phillip Calonico, Rhoades’ 30-year-old nephew. Also slain was Sheila Lynn Russo, 47, who was not related.
Two other women were flown to a Redding hospital for treatment. The two victims were in critical condition on Thursday. As of Friday morning, one victim was still listed in critical condition and the second was alert and talking.
California Department of Justice officers were at the crime scene on Friday, February 21, 2014 and Bureau of Indian Affairs tribal police investigators are expected to be at the Tribal Office and Community Center on Saturday, February 22, 2014.
The FBI is taking the lead of the investigation according to the Department of the Interior – Indian Affairs in Washington, DC.
The shootings occurred on Thursday afternoon, February 20, 2014, just prior to 3:30 pm a shooting occurred at the Cedarville Rancheria Tribal Office located at 300 W. 1st St. in the City of Alturas, California. Reportedly, Rhoades and her son, 24, were at the Tribal Office for a home eviction hearing. It remains unclear why she was being evicted.
There are no public safety concerns and there no information indicating there was any other suspects involved at this time, according to an Alturas Police Department news release issued on Friday.
A public information number has been established to help facilitate information sharing. The number is 530-233-2897.
Arthur Jacobs contributed to this article from San Francisco.