Woman arrested in tribal shooting deemed bully

02/24/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Cedarville, California – A woman accused in a fatal shooting that occurred in a small tribal community last week is stated to have “bullied” others before the incident. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Cherie Lash Rhoades, a former leader of the Cedarville Rancheria, was arrested on suspicion in connection with the attack that left four people dead and two other wounded.

Sandra Parriott, a lifelong resident of Cedarville and owner of two downtown markets, is quoted by the AP as stating of Rhoades, “She bullied her way through life… But I would never think she would start blowing people away in a meeting.”

The shooting occurred during a meeting to determine whether Rhoades should be evicted from tribal housing. Police are still working to determine a motive; however, a relative of Rhoades has suggested she was prompted by the pressure of her brother’s attempt to evict her. Her brother, who was apparently tribal chairman, was one of the people killed.

Rhoades had reportedly been under investigation over suspicion of taking federal grant money meant for the rancheria.

This report is provided by Justice News Flash – California Legal News

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