Brother of Anna Bui files wrongful death suit

The shooter, his parents, among those named
By Brandon Gustafson | Nov 07, 2018

A second wrongful death suit has been filed against Allen Ivanov and his parents, this time by the brother of Anna Bui. Also mentioned in the suit are Cabela’s, and the Bratvolds, owners of the house where the shooting occurred.

Bui was one of three Kamiak graduates shot and killed at the July 30, 2016, shooting. She was Ivanov’s ex-girlfriend. Also killed were Jake Long and Jordan Ebner. A fourth person, Will Kramer, was shot and injured, but made a full recovery.

Ivanov was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole on Jan. 12, 2018. He is currently incarcerated at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla.

Long’s mother, Autumn Snider, filed a similar suit in June. A hearing on the motion was set for Oct. 23, but was canceled and has yet to be rescheduled.

David Bui, Anna Bui’s older brother, filed the complaint mid-October in Snohomish County Superior Court as the personal representative of Anna Bui’s estate.

The suit references the events leading up to the shooting in addition to the shooting itself under a section labeled “facts.”

According to court records, Ivanov sat in his car outside the party for approximately two hours and, while doing so, observed Anna Bui was intoxicated.

Ivanov had purchased a Ruger brand AR-15 semi-automatic rifle at Cabela’s in Marysville less than a week before the shooting.

He later remarked how easy it was to purchase the rifle, as it reportedly took him less than an hour to purchase it.

Ivanov reportedly had text conversations with a friend where he called himself a “future shooter,” and that he hated Anna and needed revenge because she was going on dates with other men after their breakup. He also texted the friend that he was planning to kill her, along with others, and planned on killing himself afterwards.

Ivanov first shot at a group of people gathered around a fire pit outside the house. He shot and killed Long and Ebner and injured Kramer before entering the house and killing Bui, who was gathered with others around a dining room table.

According to court records, Tristan Bratvold, the son of the owners of the house, said she couldn’t escape like the others around the table because she was too intoxicated to get away.

The suit shows Ivanov’s parents both knew he purchased the rifle.

His mother reportedly knew of her son’s mental illness and history of suicide threats.

Court records show Ivanov met with a therapist one time, and the therapist recommended he receive mental health treatment, but Ivanov and his mother declined to do so.

The records also show Ivanov and his father examined the gun and read the manual together, and that his mother contacted Cabela’s prior to the shooting about having the gun returned, as she feared her son may harm himself and/or others but was reportedly told by a Cabela’s employee that they could not accept the return of the rifle.

In the suit, David Bui claims, “Allen Ivanov’s actions were a proximate cause of the wrongful death of Anna Bui and the resulting damages and losses to her parents and her estate.”

David Bui also claims Ivanov’s parents were negligent in failing to prevent the killing of Anna Bui despite knowledge that Ivanov was a threat to himself and others due to his possession of the rifle.

“Their negligence was a proximate cause of the wrongful death of Anna Bui,” the suit says.

The suit also says Cabela’s was negligent by selling Ivanov the rifle and ammunition and refusing to accept the return of the gun upon the request of Ivanov’s mother.

“Cabela’s knew, or should have known, that Ivanov was likely to use the gun and ammunition in a manner involving unreasonable risk of harm to himself and others,” the suit says.

The suit also mentions the owners of the house where the shooting occurred, the Bratvolds, were “negligent in providing alcohol to a minor and/or permitting alcohol to be consumed by a minor on their premises.” The house was sold last year.

The damages David Bui is pursuing will be determined at the time of trial.

 

 

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