In an apparent random act of violence, three teens are in custody after police say they killed an Australian-born Oklahoma college baseball player simply because they were bored.
Christopher Lane, 22, was found dead Friday in the town of Duncan, Okla., where his girlfriend lives, according to The Associated Press. Police said they initially received a 911 call from a woman who saw Lane staggering across the street and fall after being shot. Lane had gone jogging past a home where the three boys were staying.
Although investigators have not yet located the gun used in the killing, at least one of the teens has confessed to the crime, police said.
“They saw Christopher go by, and one of them said: ‘There’s our target,’” Duncan Police chief Danny Ford said. “The boy who has talked to us said, ‘We were bored and didn’t have anything to do, so we decided to kill somebody.’ They followed him in the car to that area, shot him in the back and drove off.”
Ford said that the district attorney is set to file first-degree murder charges against the teens, ages 15, 16 and 17. It is unknown whether they will be tried as adults or juveniles.
Lane played baseball at East Central University in Ada, Okla. He was a senior catcher who had started 14 games the year prior.
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