As the family of an Australian baseball player gunned down in Oklahoma mourns his death, police said today the college athlete was targeted by three teenagers who simply “wanted to see someone die.”
The suspects followed Chris Lane, 22, as he jogged alongside a road in Duncan, Okla., Friday afternoon, shot him in the back and left him to die on the side of the road, said Duncan Police Chief Danny Ford.
Lane attended East Central University in Ada, Okla., on a baseball scholarship. He was in town visiting his girlfriend.
“He went by a residence where these three boys were, they picked him as a target, they went out and got in a vehicle and followed him.”
While no one saw the actual shooting, Ford said several people heard a gunshot and “saw Lane stagger across the road, go to a kneeling position and collapse on the side of the road.” Witnesses also reported seeing a black car speeding away from the scene.
Surveillance video from several businesses captured images of the suspects’ vehicle. They were apprehended a few hours after the shooting when police received a phone call that “there were three juveniles at a house with guns and wanting to kill somebody.”
Ford said officers found three teens in the vehicle, which was parked at a church parking lot near the home.
After the teens were arrested, Ford said the driver, who is 17, told police they were all at the scene of the slaying and that the 16-year-old suspect pulled the trigger.
“He said the motive was, ‘We were going to kill somebody,’” Ford told Australian radio station 3AW. “They decided all three of them were going to kill somebody.”
The three teens, ages 15, 16 and 17, have been charged with first-degree murder. They are Chancey Luna, James Edwards and Michael Jones.