Murder of an Iranian band in US, gunman kills himself

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Three members of two popular Iranian indie bands who were living and working in United States were shot and killed in Brooklyn early Monday by a fellow rocker who then turned the gun on himself, police said.

The dead included Soroush Farazmand, 27, whose rock band was the Yellow Dogs. Police found the guitarist dead from a shot to the chest in a second-floor bedroom of the East Williamsburg building where band members lived and practiced. Farazmand’s brother, Arash, 28, a drummer with the band the Free Keys, was also shot and killed at the same location as was a third Iranian musician, Ali Eskandarian, 35.

An Iranian street artist was shot in the arm, police said.

The shooter, who took his own life on the rooftop of the building, was identified as Ali Akbar Mohammadi Rafie, 29. A spokesman for the Yellow Dogs informed that he had been a member of Yellow Dogs.

Ali Salehezadeh, who handles publicity for the Yellow Dogs, said that a “petty conflict” resulted in a break of communication between the gunman and the band.

Police said the gunman, armed with a .308-caliber rifle, allegedly went floor-to-floor in the East Williamsburg building, killing three people and injuring another before killing himself.

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