Iranian man kills former Yellow Dogs bandmates in Brooklyn

Police said the shooting occurred at 318 Maujer St. in East Williamsburg. Victims were found on the second and third floors and the shooter was found on the roof.  Credit: GoogleMaps
Police said the shooting occurred at 318 Maujer St. in East Williamsburg. Victims were found on the second and third floors and the shooter was found on the roof.
Credit: GoogleMaps

Read the updated story here.

See some of the band’s music videos here.

Read what friends and fans had to say about the musicians here.

The man who killed three people then turned his gun on himself in East Williamsburg late last night was angry over being kicked out of a band, police said.

The shooter has been identified by police as Aliakbar, who also apparently went by the name Raefe Akhbar.

Police said Aliakbar was in an underground rock band with the victims called The Yellow Dogs. On the band’s Twitter page, they describe themselves as “post-punk/dance-punk band” from the Iranian capital of Tehran “living in Brooklyn at the moment.” Their music was reportedly “deemed illegal” in Iran, prompting their move to the U.S.

They played a show just a few weeks ago on Oct. 23 at Brooklyn Bowl. Colleagues and friends have already taken to Twitter and Facebook to mourn the lost musicians.

Police said about a year ago, the other bandmates kicked Aliakbar out of the group. According to a preliminary investigation, the dispute seems to have come about because they discovered he was selling off the band’s equipment.

Police believe that Aliakbar stormed through the rooms of 318 Maujer St. firing round after round at his former bandmates.

Police said Sorough Farazmand, 27, was found dead in a second-floor bedroom, with a gunshot wound to his chest. Arash Farazmand, age unknown but estimated to be in his late 20s or early 30s, was found dead in a third-floor bedroom with a head wound. The third victim, 35-year-old Ali Eskandarian, was found in a living room on the third floor with a head wound.

The youngest band member, 22-year-old Sasan Sadeghpouroskou, was the only survivor of the shooting spree. He was shot twice in the right arm and elbow. He came to the U.S. just a year and a half ago.

Police discovered Aliakbar on the roof of the building, with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head. A .308 assault rifle, which police believe to be the murder weapon, was found on his chest. Two live rounds and one spent shell casing lay near his body.

Follow Danielle Tcholakian on Twitter @danielleiat


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

How to donate during the blood drive at…

The Metro-North Railroad and New York Blood Center are hosting a blood drive at Grand Central Terminal Thursday.

Local

Bloomberg launches $50 million anti-gun violence effort

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $50 million on a grassroots anti-gun violence network to challenge the National Rifle Association.

Local

East Village woman fights off rape attempt from…

An East Village woman fought off an attempted rapist that she woke to find standing on her bed over the weekend, police said.

International

Nearly 300 missing after South Korean ferry capsizes

Almost 300 people were missing after a ferry capsized off South Korea Wednesday, in what could be the country's biggest maritime disaster in over 20 years.

Books

Becoming friends with New York City's oldest known…

"The Life and Times of Richard Musto" tells the story, through a poem, of the oldest known homeless man in New York City.

Movies

Interview: Johnny Depp says he looks like himself,…

Johnny Depp talks about his new sci-fi thriller "Transcendence," not wearing gaudy makeup and wigs for a change and how he's a bit of a Luddite.

Movies

Review: 'Heaven is for Real' tries to be…

The mega-bestseller "Heaven is for Real" becomes a movie that tries to portray wrestling with faith — or at least it tries to try.

Movies

Slideshow: Check out Johnny Depp looking weird through…

Johnny Depp says he looks like himself in "Transcendence." He usually doesn't. Here's a slideshow of his weirder faces.

NHL

Top 5 Philadelphia storylines for Flyers-Rangers

The slate is clean for the Flyers and the Rangers. Which is good news for the Flyers.

NHL

Islanders back to rebuilding mode after disappointing season

One season after qualifying for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2006-07, the Islanders finished 2013-14 with a 34-37-11 record.

NFL

Jets confident despite Chris Johnson leaving with no…

Jets fans clamored for a playmaker on offense all offseason. It looked like they were going to land that player on Tuesday when Chris Johnson…

NBA

Knicks, Nets rivalry never materialized despite national attention

When the NBA schedule was released, the league anticipated an intense rivalry between the Nets and Knicks with all four games slated for national TV.

Wellbeing

Cognitive skills begin to drop at age 24

But the news isn't all that bad.

Tech

5 surprising facts about Google Glass

Your sex life could get more interesting.

Career

How to get a job at a startup:…

We talked to Tarek Pertew, one of the co-founders behind Uncubed, about how to get your dream job at a startup.

Parenting

The 'smartest' summer camps across the country

See a list of summer camps across the country that emphasis learning, while still being fun.