Members of Brooklyn indie band The Yellow Dogs shot and killed by ex-bandmate

The Yellow Dogs

The Yellow Dogs

The Yellow Dogs, an acclaimed post-punk band from Iran, had been living in Brooklyn


Very tragic news reached us this morning.

Via Channel 4

A man who was kicked out of an indie band from Iran about a year ago went to the Brooklyn apartment building where his former bandmates lived early Monday and fatally shot three of them with an assault rifle before killing himself on the roof, law enforcement officials said.

A fourth member of the The Yellow Dogs, an acclaimed post-punk band from Tehran living in Brooklyn since about 2010, was shot twice in the arm but was taken to the hospital and is expected to live. Law enforcement officials said the surviving victim, who is 22, called 911 shortly after midnight and reported the shooting at the three-story apartment building on Maujer Street in East Williamsburg.

Responding officers found the three dead victims on the second and third floors of one apartment; a 35-year-old man and an unidentified man had been shot in the head, and a 27-year-old man had been shot in the chest.

Law enforcement officials said the gunman went from room to room, gunning down his victims; two were found in bedrooms and the third was killed in the living room.  The gunman was kicked out of the band after bandmates suspected he was selling their equipment behind their backs, law enforcement officials said.

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The body of the gunman was found on the roof of the building. Law enforcement officials say he shot himself in the chin, and the .308-caliber assault rifle authorities believe he used to shoot his former bandmates was found next to his body.

The Yellow Dogs were featured in the documentary “No One Knows About Persian Cats,” which celebrated them as “fixtures in Tehran’s underground rock scene before Iran’s Ministry of Culture caught on to them,” according to the Huffington Post.

Shocked fans posted messages of horror and mourning on the group’s Facebook page after the shooting.

The victims’ families still live in Iran and police are working with officials from the U.S. Department of State to notify them, law enforcement officials said.

Watch their video for “this city”:

Published on Jun 6, 2012

Neverheard Inc presents, “this city” by The Yellow Dogs
Directed by Bill Stepanoski
Produced by Kerry Taylor
Carousel Productions – NY
DOP: Filipp Penson
Edited by Bill Stepanoski
Art Directon by Zoe Bailey + Rosie Turnball

About East Williamsburg, Brooklyn:

East Williamsburg in Brooklyn is known for being home to many underground bands.

I was in this neighborhood twice. If your band has arena sized dreams, then Shea Stadium may be a good place to start. The crowd will love and cheer for you as if you were winning the World Series. As for the team uniform, Shea Stadium was a plethora of plaid, unbrushed hair, and skinny jeans on a Saturday night.

This Shea Stadium isn’t in Queens and it’s definitely not in Manhattan. The vibe was free flowing complete with a beach ball in the air. Shea Stadium has the feel of a high school gymnasium and a suburban garage. The decor is makeshift with decade old couches and cartoon canvases. The stage even dons a wooden tidal wave border. It’s elementary and raw.

The bands I saw that night were a bit all over the place. One act played with their backs against the crowd. Another jumped so hard it looked like the stage was going to collapse. The music verged on alternative with a mix of rock influenced by the sounds of the 60’s. My favorite band of the night did not play on the stage but in the middle of the crowd and busted country. They played acoustic and it was refreshing to be able to understand them clearly. At times the bands at Shea Stadium sounded like a garbled mess. The instruments were louder than the mics, making it difficult to hear the artists sing. Shea Stadium is an experiential music venue, recording house, and open forum. It is part of the young Brooklyn scene and what goes on there is fluid.

Shea Stadium is in the middle of nowhere so keep the address handy because unless you are familiar with industrial warehouses and concealed music venues, you may have trouble finding the place. Cover is the price of a beer. Shea Stadium gets warm inside. For some cool air and a smoker’s break, one can sneak away to the balcony which stares right at the Empire State Building. There are surprising little gems like these in Brooklyn. Luckily, Shea Stadium is so underground that there are no velvet ropes or lines out the door. All you need to know is the address.