Texts to friends indicate Allen Ivanov had planned the shootings in the days before three teens were killed and a fourth wounded at a Mukilteo house party July 30, prosecutors allege.
The 19-year-old man accused of killing three teens and wounding a fourth at a Mukilteo house party late last month texted a friend hours earlier indicating he planned on “killing everyone at a huge party,” according to newly released court documents.
In the revised charging documents filed Friday in Snohomish County Superior Court, prosecutors allege Allen Ivanov told at least two friends through texts and social media that he had recently purchased a firearm and planned to shoot his ex-girlfriend and others.
In one text, Ivanov wrote “ima shooter” and identified himself as “Allen Ivanov ‘Future Shooter,’ ” prosecutors wrote in the documents.
Prosecutors say the writings contradict statements Ivanov allegedly made to police following his arrest, in which he claimed he snapped and was acting on “Adrenalin” when he opened fire on the party on July 30, killing his ex-girlfriend Anna Bui, Jake Long and Jordan Ebner. All three were 19 and 2015 graduates of Kamiak High School, where Ivanov also went to school.
A fourth person, Will Kramer, 18, was wounded.
Ivanov is charged with one count of aggravated first-degree domestic violence murder in connection with the shooting of Bui; two counts of aggravated first-degree murder in the deaths of Ebner and Long; one count of attempted first-degree murder for allegedly shooting Kramer; and one count of attempted first-degree murder for allegedly shooting at Tristan Bratvold and Alex Levin.
Aggravated first-degree murder is a capital crime, punishable by either life in prison without parole or the death penalty. Snohomish County Prosecutor Mark Roe has not yet indicated whether he intends to seek the death penalty.
The shootings took place just after midnight as a group of friends gathered at the home of Bratvold in Mukilteo’s Chennault Beach neighborhood.
Ivanov had recently broken up with Bui, but when he tried to reconcile she rebuffed him, prosecutors have alleged. The pair had met up as recently as a day before the shootings, but she indicated she wanted to move on with her life, according to the documents.
A few days before the shootings, Ivanov texted a friend that he had purchased a gun, described by police as a Ruger brand AR-15-type weapon, from the Cabela’s store in Tulalip, prosecutors allege.
He also texted the same friend that he “might shoot some bitches.” When the friend asked who he planned to target, Ivanov wrote back, “a lot man,” according to the documents.
In a text exchange with another friend, Ivanov allegedly wrote “im a shooter” and identified himself as “Allen Ivanov ‘Future Shooter,’ ” prosecutors said.
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When the second friend asked him why, Ivanov replied, “I hate Anna and I need revenge,” the documents say.
The friend told Ivanov to forget about Bui and go deer hunting, but Ivanov replied, “no, I’m killing everyone at a huge party,” according to the documents.
The friends were identified only by initials in the charging document, which did not indicate how law enforcement obtained the texts.
Five days before the shootings, prosecutors say Ivanov texted a friend that “Anna been on dates with other guys,” and wanted to know who she’d kissed, the documents say. “I’m not (expletive) playing either,” Ivanov texted, according to the documents.
Ivanov also promised to shoot himself right after he killed others, the charging documents allege.
Prosecutors say Ivanov knew Bui would be at the house party and he arrived about 10 p.m., stalking her and other guests, surveilling the property and planning his attack.
According to the documents:
Ivanov crept up to the house to see what was going on when he encountered Long outside and shot him. One witness had told police that Long, Ebner and Kramer had been sitting near an outdoor firepit just before the shooting.
When Kramer and Ebner heard the shots, Ebner walked toward the home and was shot.
Kramer was shot next. He told investigators he felt “pain in his left shoulder and then fell to the ground,“ according to charging papers.
Kramer then got up, ran into a wooded area and called 911.
According to prosecutors, Ivanov later told detectives his jealousy toward Bui was fueled when he saw a Snapchat picture of her and Kramer kissing.
Police and prosecutors say Ivanov went looking for Bui and found her seated at a dining nook with friends inside the house. He shot her five times, according to the documents.
Ivanov was arrested by the Washington State Patrol about 90 minutes later on Interstate 5 near Chehalis, nearly 100 miles away.
Six hours after the shootings, when police asked Ivanov about his anger at Bui for rejecting him, he explained, “I felt like it wasn’t necessarily fair to me,” according to the documents.
In a statement released days after the shootings, Ivanov’s parents said, “We raised our son with love and we taught him to love life, to respect other people. Never in our worst nightmares did we think it would come to such tragedy for our family, our friends, our community.”