4 Dead in Brooklyn Murder-Suicide, Police Say

November 11th, 2013 by Staff

(NYT) A gunman shot and killed three people and wounded a fourth at a townhouse in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on Monday just after midnight before taking his own life, the police said.

Neighbors said the assailant, who was not immediately identified, was a member of a rock band with at least some of the victims, who were said by the police to be men in their 20s and 30s. At least one victim lived in the three-story home, at 318 Maujer Street.

The men were known on their block for their long hair and tight jeans and often seen lugging their instruments, the very picture of a young and aspiring band in an area of the city teeming with them.

They sang, partied, ate meals and skateboarded together, according to their neighbors, who said the band was known as the Yellow Dogs.

“They were always together and they were always friendly,” said Martin Greenman, 63, a recycler who works a few doors away from the apartment on a block of residential and industrial buildings. “They looked like rockers,” he said.

Their Twitter profile calls them “a post punk/dance punk band from Tehran/Iran, living in Brooklyn at the moment.”

It was not immediately clear what set off the shooting. The gunmen did not appear to have forced his way into the home, the police said. Once inside, he marched upstairs, shooting his victims on the second and third floors. He continued to the roof, where he shot himself in the head with the gun, which the police said appeared to be an assault rifle.

The surviving victim, 22, was taken to Elmhurst Hospital with a gunshot wound to the right arm, the police said.

At least two other people were in the home during the shooting and were being interviewed Monday morning by detectives. It was not clear if the gunman spoke during the shooting.

Marcus Durant, 56, an electrician who lives just a few doors down from the band, said he would sit on his porch, sip beer and listen to the music coming from their building. “They’re always playing music,” he said. “I sit outside and listen to them. Pretty good stuff.”

He described the ethnic mix of young people who frequented the building as a “hodgepodge.” He added that he was friendly with the band.

“They were a bunch of good kids,” he said. “You see them on their little skateboards in their tight pants.”

He said he heard around five gunshots Monday morning just after midnight.

“I heard a few things popping,” he said.

“I heard a few things popping,” he said. “I thought it was fireworks.”

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