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Popular University of Washington student kills ex girlfirend, two friends at houseparty

July 31, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Popular University of Washington student kills ex girlfirend, two friends at houseparty

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Washington State Police say a gunman killed three people and injured one other during a mass shooting at a house party in an affluent neighborhood near Seattle on Saturday.

Investigators said the suspect went to the house party approximately 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, which was “full of his friends,” in Mukilteo and shot about 20 rounds before fleeing the scene.

Police arrested 19-year-old Allen Ivanov, an incoming sophomore at the University of Washington, for his role in the shootings, NBC5 reported.

Mukilteo Police Officer, Myron Travis confirmed one victim in the attack identified as Anna Bui, is Ivanov’s ex-girlfriend.

The other two victims killed in the shooting are identified as Jordan Ebner, and Jake Long. It is believed that they were all Ivanov’s at classmates at Kamiak High School.

Ivanov's LinkedIn page said he is an engineer and founder at Skirmos, an open source laser tag system

Mass shooting suspect  Allan Ivanov’s LinkedIn page said he is an engineer and founder at Skirmos, an open source laser tag system

Ivanov was caught over 100 miles away in Lewis County when officers recognized a vehicle that matched the suspect’s description about two hours after the gunfire occurred.

Travis announced that authorities are no longer looking for additional suspects. According to the Seattle Times, the gunman has been booked on murder investigation charges in the Snohomish County Jail.

Ivanov posted cryptic tweets on his account only two days before the incident. “First and last tweet,” he posted on July 28th, “I’ve been through it all.” Then, he tweeted “What’s Ruger gonna think?” which appears to be referring to Ruger Firearms.

Bui has been described as the 'sweetest girl' with the 'kindest and happiest' soul by her former classmate

Anna Bui has been described as the ‘sweetest girl’ with the ‘kindest and happiest’ soul by her former classmate

Ivanov, who graduated from high school in 2015, also posted an eery picture on Instagram that showed a rifle on the ground, with three bullets right next to it. The rifle also had a piece of blue tape on the firearm that said “Christopher,” which public records indicate is the suspect’s middle name. The post’s caption read: “You can’t run with me.”

According to the man’s LinkedIn profile, Ivanov is a computer science and engineering major.

Ivanov was employed at the Genius Bar for an Apple store and had previously worked as a salesperson at Abercrombie & Fitch.

Susan Gemmer, a Mukilteo resident, said in an interview to KOMO that the shooter and one of his victims had broken up last week, and it has since been revealed that Anna Bui was the ex-girlfriend.

Gemmer said her 18-year-old granddaughter Alexis attended the party, which was filled with Kamiak High graduates between 18 and 20 years old when the shooter arrived with a firearm.

Alexis explained that the killer shot two people in the backyard before going onto the roof, where some of the guests were hanging out, and opened fire.

Jordan Ebner, a student at Everett Community College, also lost his life in the horrific mass shooting

Jordan Ebner, a student at Everett Community College, also lost his life in the horrific mass shooting

The man who lived in the house tried to get Alexis out to safety through the garage door, but he was shot as he tried to flee. The man was able to make it across the street out of the shooter’s sight, but Alexis ran back into the house and hid in a closet.

Law enforcement officials reported that witnesses provided information and descriptions that enabled police to catch their suspect after he fled the $1 million residence in a Subaru WRX.

The shooting has shaken the tiny town of Mukilteo, where students usually graduate with the same people they started kindergarten with.

A Kamiak high school graduate, who asked to remain anonymous, told Daily Mail Online that her younger sibling and Ivanov were very close friends in elementary school. She said that the two didn’t remain close as they got older, but she did say that Ivanov was part of the popular group.

She stated, “He was wealthy and smart, and I’m sure those younger girls found him attractive. I can’t speak on what may have been going on in his home life or inside his head, but externally, he seemed to be doing pretty well.”

The source, who is two years older than the suspect, said the town was impressed with his recent success and saw a “strong future” ahead of him.” However, that perception has drastically changed after the events that unfolded early Saturday.

“I don’t want to get this twisted and be painting him as this nice young man. He’s not. Obviously not. He’s a monster,” she added, “And no amount of money or success can negate that.”

Friends of the three teenage victims quickly took to social media to pay their respects. The Kamiak graduate said that she once had a class with Bui, who was the “sweetest girl.”

“She always had a smile on her face and a joke at the ready. She had so much energy and a light about her that could just brighten up a room. If she was in the building, you could hear her laughter. She cared so much about her friends and was so full of love. She had a huge heart,” she continued

Jake Long (pictured with his girlfriend at prom) was the third victim of the tragedy that has rocked Mukilteo

Jake Long (pictured with his girlfriend) was the third victim of the tragedy that has rocked Mukilteo

Kayla, a senior at Kamiak, said that she had looked up to Anna both in choir and life itself, telling the Daily Mail: “She was the kindest and happiest soul.”

Kamiak Choir members arranged a candlelight vigil at the high school on Saturday night to honor the three victims.

One person was rushed to Harborview Medical Center with gunshot wounds and is in critical condition in the ICU.

Jennifer Gregerson, mayor of Mukilteo, said that the initial news regarding the injured victim’s condition is “hopeful.”

In a statement at a recent press conference, Gregerson stated: “Our community has been shaken to its core. We grieve with the families of those lost in this horrible event. We will stand with them and be here for them.”

She continued, “One thing is clear. Our community has suffered a great loss tonight. There were many young people who saw and heard things that no one should ever have to experience. I hope that we can all lift them up in our thoughts and give them space to mourn and grieve and begin the difficult process of recovery.”

Pictured are parents waiting to hear information on their loved ones

Pictured are parents waiting to hear information on their loved ones

The neighborhood was barricaded following the shooting and a local church opened as a center for parents and relatives to meet with their children.

Police questioned the party goers before allowing them to go the church to meet their parents. Many local and nearby residents tweeted their disbelief that such a violent crime had occurred in the quiet neighborhood.

Brandon Gustafson wrote, “Of all places for this to happen, you’d never think Muilteo…damn.”

A friend of Ivanov, who only identified himself as a Baltimore college student, revealed to the Daily Mail that his friend was depressed after his breakup with Bui, and that he purchased the AR-15 rifle just last week.

The friend reported that Ivanov messaged him a picture of an AR-15 when he first made the purchase, and at first the Baltimore student didn’t think anything of it.

However, on Saturday morning, Ivanov called him and told him: “I just killed my ex-girlfriend.”

In an interview with the Daily Mail, the friend stated. “We didn’t know if it was serious or not. We thought it was a joke, he called us at 2.30am.”

He added, “We didn’t think he was capable of doing something like that. He was always a prankster and a jokester. He used to love playing Halo, but he never showed any signs of violent behavior.”

The friend, who said he has known the suspect for two-and-a-half-years after they met online playing Halo, said he could not compose himself.

“Throughout the conversation, he kept asking ‘What’s the best way to kill myself?’, he was crying, saying ‘What did I just do?'”

The friend tried to convince him to park his car and to notify the police.

Investigators were still at the scene of the triple murder on Saturday afternoon

Investigators were still at the scene of the triple murder on Saturday afternoon

He said, “He was definitely in an altered state of mind. The Allen that I knew was not anymore, that was definitely not Allen that I was talking to.”

He also noted that Ivanov suffered from jealousy issues and often felt like he had “something to prove,” but he did add that Allen appeared completely normal when they saw each other earlier this summer.

The friend also explained that he and other friends are left wondering if anything could have been done to stop the attack from happening, stating: “If he had talked to a psychiatrist or something before, maybe it would have prevented this.”

“My friends and I were talking, how can he easily get this AR-15? He had no criminal history, but he definitely had some psychological issues,” he continued

The Baltimore student was in tears as he told the Daily Mail, “We didn’t think gun control was that important until now. We didn’t realize how easy it was for a friend to get a gun and kill somebody.”

The investigation is still currently ongoing, and law enforcement officials have not officially confirmed a motive at this time.

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