A man shot and killed three people — possibly bandmates — early this morning in East Williamsburg before turning the gun on himself.
Police responding to reports of gunfire at 318 Maujer Street, between Waterbury St. and Morgan Ave., found three people shot to death and a shooter dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. A fifth person was taken to Elmhurst Hospital in stable condition, with a gunshot wound to the arm.
All of the men were in their 20s, according to a police spokesperson. “The big question is, are they in a rock group or some kind of rock group or whatever?” he said. “We believe that had something to do with it but we don’t definitely know whether they’re all in the band. That’s to be investigated.”
Police scanner sites initially reported that the shooter was firing at police from the roof, but the spokesperson told us there was no sniper fire and no shots were traded with police.
At the time of a rooftop party in September, 318 Maujer was home to an Iranian post-punk dance-rock band called The Yellow Dogs as well as renowned Iranian stencil artists Icy and Sot, who have toured with the band. Police confirmed that one of the men involved in the shooting was Iranian but said the nationality of others was still under investigation (see update below). They haven’t yet named the band that may have been involved and expect to release more details shortly.
The triple homicide was unrelated to an earlier incident — also around midnight — in which a man was shot in the leg at 83 Graham Avenue, near Seigel Street.
Update, 9:15 a.m.: The police have now released additional details. The victims, all of whom are described as white males, include a 27-year-old who was shot in the chest, a 35-year-old who was shot in the head, and a man whose age hasn’t been identified. The man who was taken to Elmhurst with a wound to the arm is 22 and remains in stable condition. The suspect is described only as an adult white male (identities are being withheld pending proper family notification). He was found on the roof with a gunshot wound to his head and a rifle next to his body.
Update, 4:15 p.m. Ali Salehezadeh, manager of the Yellow Dogs, tells the AP that two of the victims were members of the band and the shooter was a member of another band, The Free Keys, who knew them but hadn’t spoken to them in months because of a “petty conflict.”
“They were never that close to begin with. … This was nothing. We thought it was all behind us,” Salehezadeh told the AP.
The victims, according to the Journal and the Daily News, included band members and brothers Soroush and Arash Farazmand. The other victim, Ali Eskandarian, was a friend and a singer in another band, according to the News. A 22-year-old artist, Sasan Sadeghpourosko, was shot twice in the right arm and taken to Elmhurst Hospital where he is listed in stable condition.