Police: 4 Members of Band Dead in Brooklyn Shooting
Police say a man firing a rifle shot three people to death at a Brooklyn row house before killing himself after being dismissed from an acclaimed Iranian band they were all members of.
The violence erupted early Monday, minutes after midnight, at a 3-story building on Maujer Street in Bushwick.
News 4 New York reports the gunman was upset at being asked to leave the band The Yellow Dogs a year ago and shot three remaining members of the band who live together in the East Williamsburg section. He then hid before shooting himself on the roof.
One person was shot in the arm and was able to call 911.
Police say all the victims were male and died from wounds from rifle fire as the gunman went from room-to-room.
The victims were found on the second and third floors. One person was also wounded on the arm and has been hospitalized in stable condition.
Police say officers didn’t fire their weapons and reports of sniper fire on them are incorrect.
The band was featured in a 2009 documentary No One Knows About Persian Cats,” according to the Huffington Post. They were big in Tehran’s underground rock scene in a country where rock music is considered a punishable offense because it is un-Islamic. They came to the United States and has recently been granted asylum.
- Gunman, three others dead in Brooklyn bloodshed / New York Post
- Ousted Musician Fatally Shoots 3 Bandmates, Self in Brooklyn: Police / News 4 New York
- The Yellow Dogs Eye World Tour After Fleeing Iran / Huffington Post
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.