Police are investigating after they say a man shot and killed two members of the Iranian band The Yellow Dogs and another musician before taking his own life early Monday morning inside their Brooklyn home.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says the gunman, identified by police as Ali Akbar Mohammadi Rafie, arrived at 318 Maujer Street in East Williamsburg with an assault weapon a little after midnight.
That's when police say the suspect started firing, first through a window, hitting one person and killing him.
Three others were shot inside, and two of them died.
Police identify the deceased as Soroush Farazmand, Arash Farazmand and Ali Eskandarian.
Police say that Soroush and Arash Farazmand are brothers.
Both were members of a band called The Yellow Dogs, originally from Tehran.
Eskandarian was an independent musician.
The body of the suspected shooter, who used to be a member of a band called the Free Keys, was discovered on the roof with what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"Around 9 o'clock or so every day, they come out," said one neighbor. "We acknowledge one another. We say hello, this that and the other thing. They go up for breakfast. They come back, I see them. We say hello again. I saw them this Friday, two of them, not the third one. I saw two of them which they said have a nice weekend and everything like that. They seemed like two very quiet guys, two very nice quiet guys."
Several other people who were inside the building at the time of the shooting were not harmed.
Kelly says that the shooting may have stemmed from a dispute over money.
Both the shooter and the victims are believed to have moved to the U.S. from Iran.
The band's Facebook page lists the address where the shooting occurred as their home base.
The group recently played several local venues, including the Knitting Factory and Brooklyn Bowl.