A 22-year-old Australian man attending an Oklahoma university on a baseball scholarship was recently gunned down by a trio of “bored” teenagers in Oklahoma. Christopher Lane was jogging and happened to pass three teens. They claimed to have had nothing better to do and targeted Lane, followed him and then killed him in a drive-by-shooting.
The Associated Press report paints a pretty awful picture and helps give definition to the term “random act of violence.” Add senseless in this case, too.
“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.
Lane, a catcher, was a senior at East Central University in Ada, Okla. The oldest of the three accused has reportedly confessed.
Peter Lane, the boy’s father, told Australian broadcasters there was no explanation for his son’s death.
“It is heartless and to try to understand it is a short way to insanity,” he said.
Reading about this it’s surprising this hasn’t developed into a bigger media story in the States. Seems to have all the ingredients for it. [H/T @miggiesmalls]