A gunman thought to be from another band went on a shooting spree Monday morning in Brooklyn, killing two members of The Yellow Dogs and a musician from another band before turning the gun on himself, a law-enforcement official said.
A third member of the The Yellow Dogs, an acclaimed post-punk band from Tehran living in Brooklyn since about 2010, was shot twice in the arm but was taken to the hospital and is expected to live. Law enforcement officials said the surviving victim, who is 22, called 911 shortly after midnight and reported the shooting at the three-story apartment building on Maujer Street in East Williamsburg.
Responding officers found the three dead victims on the second and third floors of one apartment; a 35-year-old man and an unidentified man had been shot in the head, and a 27-year-old man had been shot in the chest.
Law enforcement officials said the gunman went from room to room, gunning down his victims; two were found in bedrooms and the third was killed in the living room. The gunman was earlier reported to have been kicked out of the band after bandmates suspected he was selling their equipment behind their backs, law enforcement officials said. There are conflicting reports and we are reading that he wasn’t a member of the band.
The body of the gunman was found on the roof of the building. Law enforcement officials say he shot himself in the chin, and the .308-caliber assault rifle authorities believe he used to shoot the musicians was found next to his body.
The Yellow Dogs were featured in the documentary “No One Knows About Persian Cats,” which celebrated them as “fixtures in Tehran’s underground rock scene before Iran’s Ministry of Culture caught on to them,” according to the Huffington Post.
Shocked fans posted messages of horror and mourning on the group’s Facebook page after the shooting.
The victims’ families still live in Iran and police are working with officials from the U.S. Department of State to notify them, law enforcement officials said.
The band’s video for “This City” is on YouTube: