The motive for a shooting that left three teens dead in this waterfront town north of Seattle appears similar to that of an attack that left four dead at a nearby high school two years ago: a broken teen romance.
In the first shooting, at Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Wash., a 15-year-old armed with his father’s .40-caliber Beretta handgun shot five other students in the school cafeteria, killing four of them, including his former girlfriend and one of his cousins, before fatally shooting himself.
On Saturday morning, according to police and prosecutors, Allen Christopher Ivanov, 19, a student at the University of Washington-Bothell, shot four teenagers, killing three, including his ex-girlfriend, also a college student.
At a late-night party in the upscale Chennault Beach neighborhood of this bucolic town 25 miles north of Seattle, Ivanov sprayed bullets into a crowd of an estimated 20 teens with a newly purchased AR-15 assault rifle, police said. At one point, the shooter climbed atop the roof of the million-dollar home to get a better angle, witnesses said.
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