Duncan, Okla. (WSYR-TV/ABC) – The family of a college baseball player from Australia is mourning days after their son was allegedly gunned down by “bored teenagers” in a small Oklahoma town.
Police say the three teenage suspects tailed 22-year-old Chris Lane as he went for a morning jog before shooting him the back and leaving him for dead, according to ABC News
“They witnessed the young man run by on the street - chose him as a target,” Duncan Police Chief Danny Ford said.
Ford told ABC News, “They were bored and just wanted to see somebody die.”
The chief described the teenagers as “loose cannons” and said they planned on killing at least one other person.
Lane, who attends East Central University in Ada, Okla., on a baseball scholarship, was visiting his girlfriend.
“He had great leadership. His teammates looked up to him on and off the field,” ECU Athletic Director Jeff Williams said.
Police said the three suspects were 15, 16, and 17 years old.
They were arrested a few hours after the shooting.
The 17-year-old told police that the 16-year-old pulled the trigger during the drive-by shooting.
Police have not identified the suspects.
"There's not going to be any good come out of this because it was just so senseless," Lane's father - Peter Lane - said to an Australian newspaper. "He was an athlete going for a jog like he would do five or six days a week in terms of his training schedule. It's happened, it's wrong, and we just try and deal with it the best we can."
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