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Police: NYC shooter was dumped from band

November 11, 2013 • National News


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)

NEW YORK (AP) — A gunman who killed three Iranian indie rock musicians and injured a fourth person inside a Brooklyn apartment on Monday before killing himself was upset because he had been kicked out of another band last year, police said.

Ali Akbar Mahammadi Rafie killed himself on the roof after struggling with a member of his former band, the Free Keys, police said. Investigators believe a guitar case found on an adjoining roof may have been used to carry the assault rifle used in the attack.

Rafie, 29, “was upset that he wasn’t in the band anymore,” said New York Police Department spokesman John Login to read more

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