NEW YORK – 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.
Rafie, 29, “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 Free Keys bandmates may have had an argument over money, he added.
Two of Rafie’s victims were brothers and members of the Yellow Dogs, a band that came to the U.S. from Iran three years ago after appearing in a film about the underground music scene there, according to band manager Ali Salehezadeh. The third person killed was a musician but not in the Yellow Dogs band, Salehezadeh said. The person injured was an artist, he said.
Sen. Inhofe’s son killed in plane crash
OKLAHOMA CITY – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe’s son, 52-year-old Dr. Perry Inhofe, died in a weekend plane crash in northeast Oklahoma, the U.S. secretary of defense confirmed Monday.
Perry Inhofe, an orthopedic surgeon, died when the small plane he was piloting crashed Sunday crash near Owasso, a Tulsa suburb.
Inhofe was one of four children of Oklahoma’s senior senator. The married father lived in Tulsa.
Two charged in deadly shooting at Texas house party
HOUSTON – Two suspects have been charged in connection with a shooting at a house party in suburban Houston that left two teenagers dead and injured 19 others, authorities said Monday.
Investigators said they still believe the deadly shooting started as a result of celebratory gunfire, despite court documents that seem to indicate the incident started when the suspects shot at two individuals before firing into the crowd.
Willie Young, 21, and Randy Stewart, 18, were arrested Monday morning, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. Young is charged with deadly conduct, while Stewart is charged with aggravated assault.
The victim killed at the scene has been identified as Qu’eric Richardson, 17. The girl who died at a hospital was identified as Arielle Shepherd, 16.
Papal aide warns bishops against preaching ideology
BALTIMORE – The Vatican ambassador to the U.S., addressing American bishops at their first national meeting since Pope Francis was elected, said Monday they should not “follow a particular ideology” and should make Roman Catholics feel more welcome in church.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano noted the challenges from broader society to Christian teaching. He cautioned that the bishops’ witness to faith would be undermined if they failed to live simply.
“The Holy Father wants bishops in tune with their people,” said Vigano, the apostolic nuncio based in Washington. “He made a special point of saying that he wants pastoral bishops, not bishops who profess or follow a particular ideology.”
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