Police identified 29-year-old bassist Raefe Akhbar as the person who opened fire on members of Iranian rock group The Yellow Dogs, who fled their home country for Brooklyn for the freedom to play their music.
At approximately 12:04 a.m. early Monday morning, officers from the 90th Precinct responded to calls of shots fired where members of the band lived at 318 Maujer St. in East Williamsburg.
Officers later discovered three men with fatal gunshot wounds, including a 27-year-old Soroush Farazmand, 35-year-old Ali Eskandarian, and Soroush’s 28-year-old brother Arash “Sina” Farazmand.
It was also reported that 22-year-old Sasan Sadeghpourosko was injured in the shooting. He was later transported to Elmhurst Hospital and is currently in stable condition with two gunshot wounds in his right arm.
Akhbar was later found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and a .308 assault rifle and shells next to his body on the roof of the building.
Two others in the house sought refuge in a first-floor bathroom during the mayhem and were left unharmed after Akhbar opened fire on the room during the attack.