Members of Iranian rock band slain in Brooklyn shooting

Mon Nov 11, 2013 4:44pm EST
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By Jonathan Allen

NEW YORK (Reuters) - An Iranian rock musician shot dead three people, including two members of an indie band who had fled Tehran, and wounded a fourth man before killing himself in Brooklyn, authorities said on Monday.

Victims Soroush and Arash Farazmand, who were brothers, were the guitarist and drummer in the Yellow Dogs, a band that formed in Iran's capital and performed covertly before its members sought political asylum in the United States in 2010, their publicist Ashley Ayers said.

Their bodies were found early on Monday in a house in the scruffy, semi-industrial neighborhood of East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, popular with musicians and artists, according to police.

Ali Eskandarian, described by the band publicist as a friend who also played music, was killed as well. All three had gunshot wounds to the head or chest.

The suspected gunman, whose identity police had not confirmed, was found dead on the roof of the building with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and a rifle next to his body, police said.

He was an Iranian musician in another band and knew the Yellow Dogs from Tehran before they had a falling out, Ayers said.

"The two groups were acquaintances," Ayers told Reuters. "There was a personal conflict between the guys. I know there was money involved," she said, adding, "It was a small amount."

All of the musicians were in their 20s and 30s.   Continued...

New York Police Department Officers depart a multiple shooting crime scene on Maujer Street in the Brooklyn borough of New York, November 11, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson