'We will stand with them': Mukilteo shaken by mass shooting

By Sara Bruestle | Jul 31, 2016
Photo by: Sara Bruestle Four purple ribbons, adorned with purple tulips, were tied around four trees that line Chennault Beach Road after the midnight shooting that killed three Kamiak grads and injured another. Purple is one of the school's colors.

Mukilteo has been "shaken to its core" after three Kamiak High School grads were shot to death at a house party early Saturday.

Anna Bui, Jake Long and Jordan Ebner died when a gunman opened fire at a gathering of 15-20 friends from Kamiak, most of them recent graduates, at a Mukilteo home just after midnight.

A fourth victim, Will Kramer, 18, suffered a gunshot wound and was transported to Harborview Medical Center. His condition was not immediately available.

The suspected shooter, 19-year-old Allen Christopher Ivanov – the ex-boyfriend of Bui – was apprehended about 120 miles south of Mukilteo on 1-5.

He was booked into the Snohomish County Jail Saturday afternoon for investigation of three counts of murder, including one count of aggravated murder.

Police responded around 12:10 a.m. to reports of multiple gunshots to a house in the 10000 block of Chennault Beach Road, said Myron Travis, spokesman for the Mukilteo Police Department.

Witnesses at the party told police that they knew the gunman and described his vehicle for them.

Ivanov was stopped on 1-5 around 2 a.m. by Lewis County officers on southbound I-5 near Chehalis.

While officials have not released the names of the victims nor the name of the suspected shooter, they have all been identified by witnesses and shared multiple times on social media.

Ivanov has not been charged. He is expected to appear in court on Monday, Travis said.

"At this time, we don't have any reason to believe someone else was involved," he said. "We're not actively looking for anybody else."

At 12:08 a.m., police responded to several 911 calls reporting multiple gunshots in the Chennault Beach neighborhood.

When officers arrived, they found four victims of the shooting. Three had suffered fatal gunshot wounds, whereas one of the victims had been shot but was still alive.

Travis said this is the worst shooting on record in Mukilteo. More than a decade ago, in 2002, police responded to a murder-suicide.

"Our community has been shaken to its core," Mayor Jennifer Gregerson said during a press conference. "We grieve with the families of those lost in this horrible event. There are no words that can measure the pain that they’re feeling.

"All all I can say is that we will stand with them and be here with them."

Hours after the shooting, friends of the victims tied purple ribbons to four trees that line Chennault Beach Road in honor of Bui, Long, Ebner and Kramer. Later, purple tulips were added to the memorial. Purple is one of Kamiak's school colors.

Hundreds attended a candlelight vigil that was held at Kamiak High School on Saturday evening in remembrance of the three who were killed in the shooting.

A circle of mourners formed in the school parking lot. Friends of the victims shared tears and hugs, while lighting candles and bearing flowers.

Messages to the victims were written in chalk on the pavement, including these: "May you find peace, "All of you are in our hearts," "May God be with you."

Sargun Handa wrote in chalk: "Stop the hate. Spread the love. May they RIP."

Later on Saturday, Handa posted on Facebook about the vigil at Kamiak: "I can't believe someone from my school murdered three people and injured one. Including his ex-girlfriend. His hate ruled his mind.

"But, at this amazing vigil today, I saw people doing what I wrote. They stopped the hate and spread the love. Even though our community lost three people, heaven gained three angels. May Anna, Jordan and Jake rest in peace."

Photos of Bui, Long and Ebner were propped up on a bush in the parking lot, surrounded by flowers and candles.

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers, Sheriff Ty Trenary and Councilman Brian Sullivan issued the following statement after the shooting:

“We are stunned and saddened by the shooting in Mukilteo that left so many families devastated and our community shaken to its core. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected.”

Ivanov graduated from Kamiak in 2015. He is a student at the University of Washington. He is a good student, having recently made the university's dean's list. He is majoring in engineering and computer science and taking classes at the UW-Bothell campus.

While police haven't yet shared a motive for the shooting, friends of the deceased said that he and Bui recently ended their relationship.

Ivanov had posted on Twitter two days before the shooting: “First and last tweet. I’ve been through it all.”

That tweet was followed by: “What’s Ruger gonna think?” The reference to "Ruger" may refer to Ruger Firearms.

On Instagram, Ivanov had also posted a photo of a rifle and three bullets earlier that week.

A year before he graduated, Ivanov started his own laser tag company. The game, known as Skirmos, lets players “imagine your favorite first-person video game in real life." Ivanov is listed as a founder of the company and a software engineer for the game on his LinkedIn profile.

Washington State Patrol and the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office is assisting the Mukilteo Police Department with the investigation.

"This is an ongoing investigation, and it's important to maintain the integrity of this investigation," Travis said. "We owe that to the victims and the victims' family."

Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to call the non-emergency number 425-775-3000.

Another candlelight vigil for the victims is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday at Mukilteo's Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at 11001 Harbour Point Blvd.

For all those who are hurting, grief counselors will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday-Friday at Rosehill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Ave. in Mukilteo.

 

 

 

 

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