CBS Police have identified the man they believe killed three Iranian-born musicians and then himself early Monday as Ali Akbar Mahammadi Rafie, 29. Rafie, who had played in a Brooklyn-based band of Iranian nationals called the Free Keys "was upset that he wasn't in the band anymore," said New York Police Department spokesman John McCarthy. Investigators suspect the shooter and his former bandmates may have had an argument over money, he added.
The rampage erupted when the gunman climbed over an adjoining roof to the home, then down to a third-floor terrace where he opened fire through a window, killing the 35-year-old Eskandarian. The shooter then killed Arash Farazmand, 28, in a third-floor bedroom and Soroush Farazmand, 27, in a second-floor bedroom while he was on a bed using his laptop computer, police said.
The fourth tenant was hit in the arm before Rafie and his former bandmate struggled over the gun until the clip fell out, police said. Rafie put the clip back in the rifle, went back to the roof and shot himself in the head, police said.
"People don't own guns in Iran," he said. "We don't have this problem there. It doesn't exist."