The shooting was reported yesterday in Brooklyn of three members of Iranian punk band Yellow Dogs who were sharing a house in the Bushwick area of the city. They were shot dead in a suspected murder-suicide. Police have yet to establish a motive.
The band were made up of Iranian expatriates living in New York who made their name when their song appeared on the soundtrack of the 2009 movie No One Knows About Persian Cats, which won a prize at the Cannes International Film Festival for it’s soundtrack.
The police discovered the bodies of the three victims, guitarist Soroush Farazmand, vocalist Ali Eskandarian and drummer Arash Farazmand, at the home the trio shared. A friend of the band, named Sasan Sadeghpourosko, was admitted to hospital with an arm injury whilst guitarist Siavash Karampour and bassist Koory Mirz were not hurt in the shoot out.
The remains of the suspected shooter, who has been identified by the New York Post as Raefe Ahkbar, were found on the roof of the building with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. A rifle was discovered next to his body, according to reports.
Ahkbar was initially said to have been an ex-member of Yellow Dogs seeking revenge, but according to the BBC website, he was actually a musician with another group.