”We are filled with gratefulness for the outpouring of love, prayers, and support from family, friends, the community of Mukilteo, and beyond,” Will Kramer’s family said in a statement.
Will Kramer, who was wounded in a deadly shooting during a Mukilteo house party last month, was released from Harborview Medical Center on Monday, the hospital announced.
Kramer, 18, was wounded July 30 and three others were killed when a gunman opened fire during a house party shortly after midnight in the Chennault Beach area of Mukilteo. Killed were Anna Bui, Jake Long and Jordan Ebner.
Snohomish County prosecutors have filed three counts of aggravated first-degree murder against the alleged gunman, 19-year-old Allen Ivanov. He was also charged with one count of attempted murder and one count of first-degree assault. All five counts each carry a firearm allegation, which could increase the penalties.
One of the murder charges also carries a domestic-violence allegation for the death of Bui, Ivanov’s ex-girlfriend. All three victims were 19 and were 2015 graduates of Kamiak High School, where Ivanov also went to school.
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Ivanov is being held in the Snohomish County Jail.
During a news conference at Harborview three days after the shootings, Kramer’s father, Paul Kramer, said his son “can’t find a way to believe” this happened. He said that his son and Ivanov were friendly and had high-school classes together.
“He’s hurting inside and out,” said the father, who appeared alongside Dr. Hugh Foy, a surgeon treating the teen. “He’s had a lot of pain physically, and he lost some very dear friends, and that has scarred him.”
Kramer was sitting around a firepit when the shooting erupted.
“Will saw Jake go down,” Paul Kramer said during the news conference. A bullet then struck his son.
The wounded teen dived into nearby bushes for shelter, where he quietly waited for police to arrive while listening to people’s screams.
Foy said a bullet went through Kramer’s chest, fragmented and then exited through his shoulder blade, which he said “probably protected him from more serious injury.”
Kramer is a University of Washington student.
Kramer’s family on Monday released the following statement:
“We are very happy that Will has recovered enough to go home and continue his healing there, but our hearts are still very heavy with sorrow and grief from the tragic shooting in Mukilteo July 30. We extend profound gratitude to the entire staff at Harborview Regional Trauma Center, and all the first responders, for saving Will’s life and helping him to begin to heal and recover.
We are filled with gratefulness for the outpouring of love, prayers, and support from family, friends, the community of Mukilteo, and beyond. Will’s body is still mending a damaged lung, a broken scapula, a deep bullet wound to his back, and four holes where tubes were placed into his chest cavity. He will live with shrapnel and bullet fragments in tissues in his left shoulder. He spent 17 days in the hospital, mostly lying in bed, experiencing a full collapse of his left lung, and having surgery to help prevent his lung from collapsing again.
Will has been through more than any 18-year-old, or any human being of any age, should ever experience. Please respect our privacy. When and if Will wishes to speak, he will come forward. In the meantime, he wants his time healing not to be distracted by media requests. Thank you for honoring our request for privacy.”