After he saw his ex-girlfriend, 19-year-old Anna Bui, with another guy at a party in the Seattle suburb of Multikeo on Friday night, 19-year-old Allen Ivanov went back to his car, read the owner's manual for his recently purchased semi-automatic rifle, and went back to the party just after midnight, where he shot and killed Bui and two of her friends, and injured a fourth teenager, according to newly released court documents.
Ivanov was arrested early Saturday morning, more than 100 miles away from the Mukilteo house where the shooting took place. According to documents obtained by the Seattle Times, Ivanov confessed to the police and told them that he opened fire on the small house party because of his ex-girlfriend, Bui. "Ivanov stated that everything that went on tonight was about a girl," police wrote in the affidavit of probable cause.
As Relevist points out, Ivanov's crime and the anecdotes and quotes from his probable cause affidavit are riddled with symbols of toxic masculinity, and the deadly symptoms of a culture that teaches men they can always have what they want (even other people) and that when they can't, anger and a need for power are the correct emotions to feel.
The affidavit states that Ivanov apparently got jealous when he saw pictures of Bui with other guys on Snapchat. He said it was evidence that "she was getting on with her life without him," reads the affidavit, and said Bui was his "dream girl" and he "wanted to get back together." Police also wrote that Ivanov said he got mad when he heard from other people that Bui "was seeing other guys while the two of them were talking." He'd purchased the semi-automatic rifle used in the shooting, an AR-15, a week before the crime, allegedly for target practice. He was meant to start a fire arms safety course early this month, reports the Seattle Times.
According to the affidavit, Ivanov viewed the semi-automatic rifle "as a symbol of power." Other details from the document say that Ivanov quietly returned to the house with the loaded rifle and hid outside near the living room windows, where a male partygoer saw him and said, "No, no, no," before Ivanov started shooting. The affidavit says that from there, Ivanov says his adrenaline kicked in and he went inside, shot Bui twice, and continued shooting until his magazine was empty. He was arrested an hour and a half later, more than 100 miles away from the scene.
Along with his ex-girlfriend, Anna Bui, two other 19-year-olds named Jake Long and Jordan Ebner were also killed. Eighteen-year-old Will Kramer was critically injured and was still in the intensive care at Harborview Medical Center as of Tuesday morning, according to Seattle Times. All four victims were graduates of a local high school, Kamiak High School, and both Bui and Ivanov were students at the University of Washington, according to CBS.
CBS reported that Ivanov's defense attorney, Tim Leary, wondered why it's legal for a 19-year-old like Ivanov to purchase a lethal weapon like an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. "If he would have walked into a 7-Eleven and tried to buy a six-pack of beer, he would have been turned away," Leary said. "When you look at someone who's 19, what they can and can't do is very troubling, and the consequences of that could not be any greater for the victims, for my client and for the community at large."
The very same type of gun used by Ivanov, the AR-15 semi-automatic, is regularly used in mass shootings around the country. Other shootings involving an AR-15 include the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, which left 20 first grade students dead, as well as the 2015 shooting in San Bernardino, California, which left 16 dead, including the two shooters.
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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.