SEATTLE (AP) — Young people attending a house party in Washington state where a gunman opened fire last month frantically told a dispatcher that their friends were bleeding to death, according to newly released tapes of the calls.
Snohomish County authorities released the 911 calls Tuesday that were received after three people were fatally shot at a party July 30 in Mukilteo north of Seattle. Prosecutors have filed three aggravated first-degree murder against 19-year-old Allen Ivanov in the fatal shooting of his ex-girlfriend and two young men.
Police say Ivanov admitted that he committed the shootings at a home. They say he was upset that his ex-girlfriend, Anna Bui, appeared to be moving on with her life after their recent breakup.
In addition to Bui, of Everett, Jordan Ebner, of Lake Stevens, and Jacob Long, of Everett, were killed. They were all 19 and recent graduates of Kamiak High School in Mukilteo, a waterfront city of 21,000 people. A fourth person, 18-year-old Will Kramer, was wounded.
Some of the people at the party were not immediately clear about what happened.
"Firecrackers went off, and now my friends are bleeding to death," one caller told the dispatcher.
But a crying woman knew it was gunfire. "Someone came and shot at my friend's house," she told the dispatcher. "They're bleeding to death on the floor. They're unconscious."
Another caller said they were having a party and someone came in and started firing. He told the dispatcher "my friends might be dead," but said he didn't know who did the shooting.
A female caller who was hiding in the bathroom told the dispatcher that the shooter was Allen Ivanov. "He shot his girlfriend," she said.
A young man then got on the phone and gave the dispatcher a description of Ivanov.
"He's 5-11 or 6 feet tall," the man said. "He's very thin."
"There are some people that appear dead," the man said, adding that the shooter ran away. "His ex-girlfriend is dead."
Ivanov had purchased an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle the week before the shooting, according to court records. He made threats on social media of committing a mass shooting, the records said.
On the night of the party, he crept up to the house and looked in a window and saw his ex-girlfriend with another man, Mukilteo Police Detective John Ernst wrote in a probable-cause statement. Ivanov went back to his car, read the instruction manual for the rifle, loaded the magazine and returned to the house, Ernst wrote.
He entered through a side door and shot Bui twice, Ernst wrote. He continued through the house and shot a man who was running toward the house, and then he shot two more men in the driveway before leaving.
A Snohomish County District Court judge ordered Ivanov held without bail. Prosecutors can seek the death penalty with aggravated murder charges in Washington state, but Gov. Jay Inslee has declared a moratorium on capital punishment.
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