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    Police officers and crime scene personnel work on the roof of a building in the Brooklyn section of New York, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. A musician shot and killed two members of an Iranian indie rock band, the Yellow Dogs, and a third musician early Monday, and wounded a fourth person at their apartment before killing himself on the roof, police and the group's manager said. The shooter was a member of another band from Iran, the Free Keys, who knew the victims but hadn't spoken to them in months because of a "petty conflict," according to Yellow Dogs manger Ali Salehezadeh. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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    Police officers stand in the street near a crime scene in the Brooklyn section of New York, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. A musician shot and killed two members of an Iranian indie rock band and a third musician early Monday, and wounded a fourth person at their apartment before killing himself on the roof, police and the group's manager said. Two of the dead were brothers and members of the group the Yellow Dogs, who came to the U.S. from Iran three years ago after appearing in a film about the underground music scene there, according to band manger Ali Salehezadeh. Another person killed was also a musician but wasn't in the band, and the wounded person was an artist, he said. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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    This 2012 photo shows Yellow Dogs band member, bassist Koroush "Koory" Mirzaei at the Death By Audio performance space in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Police say a musician who shot and killed three other Iranian men inside a New York City apartment before committing suicide was upset because he had been kicked out of an indie rock band. Ali Akbar Mohammadi Rafie gunned down the men just after midnight on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. Victims Soroush and Arash Farazmand were brothers who played in a band called the Yellow Dogs. The third victim, Ali Eskandarian was also a musician. After the shooting, investigators found a guitar case on a rooftop they believe the shooter may have used to carry the assault rifle used in the attack.(AP Photo/Danny Krug) NO SALES

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    Police officers talks with a man carrying a guitar near a crime scene in the Brooklyn section of New York, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. A musician shot and killed two members of an Iranian indie rock band and a third musician early Monday, and wounded a fourth person at their apartment before killing himself on the roof, police and the group's manager said. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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    This 2012 photo shows Yellow Dogs band member, drummer Arash Farazmand plays at the Death By Audio performance space in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Police say a musician who shot and killed three other Iranian men inside a New York City apartment before committing suicide was upset because he had been kicked out of an indie rock band. Ali Akbar Mohammadi Rafie gunned down the men just after midnight on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. Victims Soroush and Arash Farazmand were brothers who played in a band called the Yellow Dogs. The third victim, Ali Eskandarian was also a musician. After the shooting, investigators found a guitar case on a rooftop they believe the shooter may have used to carry the assault rifle used in the attack.(AP Photo/Danny Krug) NO SALES

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    This 2012 photo shows Yellow Dogs band member, guitarist Soroush Farazmand at the Death By Audio performance space in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Police say a musician who shot and killed three other Iranian men inside a New York City apartment before committing suicide was upset because he had been kicked out of an indie rock band. Ali Akbar Mohammadi Rafie gunned down the men just after midnight on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. Victims Soroush and Arash Farazmand were brothers who played in a band called the Yellow Dogs. The third victim, Ali Eskandarian was also a musician. After the shooting, investigators found a guitar case on a rooftop they believe the shooter may have used to carry the assault rifle used in the attack.(AP Photo/Danny Krug) NO SALES

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    People stand near a row house, center, that was the location of a murder-suicide in the Brooklyn section of New York, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. A musician shot and killed two members of an Iranian indie rock band and a third musician early Monday, and wounded a fourth person at their apartment before killing himself on the roof, police and the group's manager said. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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    FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2008 file photo, Ali Eskandarian performs at Joe's Pub's 10th Anniversary Gala and tribute to Judy Collins at the Public Theater in New York. Police say a musician who shot and killed three other Iranian men inside a New York City apartment before committing suicide was upset because he had been kicked out of an indie rock band. Ali Akbar Mohammadi Rafie gunned down the men just after midnight on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. Victims Soroush and Arash Farazmand were brothers who played in a band called the Yellow Dogs. The third victim, Ali Eskandarian was also was a musician. After the shooting, investigators found a guitar case on a rooftop they believe the shooter may have used to carry the assault rifle used in the attack. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

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    This 2012 photo shows Yellow Dogs band member, singer Siavash Karampour, at the Death By Audio performance space in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Police say a musician who shot and killed three other Iranian men inside a New York City apartment before committing suicide was upset because he had been kicked out of an indie rock band. Ali Akbar Mohammadi Rafie gunned down the men just after midnight on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. Victims Soroush and Arash Farazmand were brothers who played in a band called the Yellow Dogs. The third victim, Ali Eskandarian was also a musician. After the shooting, investigators found a guitar case on a rooftop they believe the shooter may have used to carry the assault rifle used in the attack.(AP Photo/Danny Krug) NO SALES

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    FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2008 file photo, Ali Eskandarian performs at Joe's Pub's 10th Anniversary Gala and tribute to Judy Collins at the Public Theater in New York. Police say a musician who shot and killed three other Iranian men inside a New York City apartment before committing suicide was upset because he had been kicked out of an indie rock band. Ali Akbar Mohammadi Rafie gunned down the men just after midnight on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. Victims Soroush and Arash Farazmand were brothers who played in a band called the Yellow Dogs. The third victim, Ali Eskandarian was also was a musician. After the shooting, investigators found a guitar case on a rooftop they believe the shooter may have used to carry the assault rifle used in the attack. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

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    This 2012 photo shows Yellow Dogs band members, from left, Koroush "Koory" Mirzaei, Siavash Karampour, Arash Farazmand and Soroush Farazmand at The Gutter in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Police say a musician who shot and killed three other Iranian men inside a New York City apartment before committing suicide was upset because he had been kicked out of an indie rock band. Ali Akbar Mohammadi Rafie gunned down the men just after midnight on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. Victims Soroush and Arash Farazmand were brothers who played in a band called the Yellow Dogs. The third victim, Ali Eskandarian was also a musician. After the shooting, investigators found a guitar case on a rooftop they believe the shooter may have used to carry the assault rifle used in the attack. (AP Photo/Danny Krug) NO SALES

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    A police officer puts up tape near a crime scene in the Brooklyn section of New York, Monday. A musician shot and killed two members of an Iranian indie rock band and a third musician early Monday, and wounded a fourth person at their apartment before killing himself on the roof, police and the group's manager said.

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    This 2012 photo shows Yellow Dogs band members, from left, Soroush Farazmand, Siavash Karampour, Arash Farazmand and Koroush "Koory" Mirzaei, front, right, are seen at The Gutter in the Brooklyn borough of New York.

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A police officer puts up tape near a crime scene in the Brooklyn section of New York, Monday. A musician shot and killed two members of an Iranian indie rock band and a third musician early Monday, and wounded a fourth person at their apartment before killing himself on the roof, police and the group's manager said.

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NEW YORK — A gunman was carrying about 100 rounds of ammunition in five magazines when he set out on a bloody rampage through a Brooklyn apartment, killing two brothers who played in an Iranian indie rock band and another musician, police said today.

Ali Akbar Mohammadi Rafie fired several rounds early Monday before he used his rifle to kill himself on the roof the apartment building where four members of the band Yellow Dogs lived together, police said. Afterward, investigators recovered 81 unfired rounds, some of them in magazines stashed in a guitar case found on an adjoining rooftop.

Records show the Spanish-made assault weapon was purchased by someone else at an upstate New York shop that went out of business in 2006, said Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.

“We don’t know precisely how Rafie obtained it,” Kelly said.

Investigators believe the shooter was upset about being kicked out of the Free Keys, another Iranian band with close ties to the Yellow Dogs. Kelly described him as “despondent” about no longer being in the band.

A fourth man was still hospitalized with arm and shoulder wounds, police said.

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This 2012 photo shows Yellow Dogs band members, from left, Soroush Farazmand, Siavash Karampour, Arash Farazmand and Koroush "Koory" Mirzaei, front, right, are seen at The Gutter in the Brooklyn borough of New York.

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The two slain members of the Yellow Dogs were brothers Arash and Soroush Farazmand. Two other members weren’t home at the time of the bloodshed and weren’t harmed.

A message posted today on the band’s Facebook site and attributed to the survivors read, “Thanks every one for all your prayers and condolences.” The pair added that they “still can’t believe this tragedy.”

The row house in the industrial neighborhood of East Williamsburg where the victims lived had been a hangout for artists who attended parties there. The musicians all knew one another, a band manager said.

Originally from Tehran, the Yellow Dogs were the subject of a 2009 film, “No One Knows about Persian Cats,” which told the semi-fictional tale of a band that played illegal rock shows there. After coming to New York, the group played at small but hip venues like the Knitting Factory and Brooklyn Bowl.

“They were great kids who people just loved,” said the manager, Ali Salehezadeh. “They looked cool and they played great music. ... They wanted to be known for their music.”

The third man killed was identified as Ali Eskandarian, an Iranian-American singer-songwriter who had been living in the apartment above the Yellow Dogs.

 

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