August 20th, 2013
01:01 PM ET

Australian Man Killed for the “Fun of It”

The details behind the random and senseless murder of a promising young Australian baseball player gunned down in Oklahoma, shot in the back and left to die, has left a family devastated and two countries across the world rattled.

“Christopher Lane was gunned down allegedly by three teenagers while he was out jogging,” reports CNN’s Zoraida Sambolin.

The suspects chilling motive: “they say they just wanted to kill someone.”

“The 22-year-old from Melbourne, Australia, was in the U.S. attending Oklahoma's East Central University on a baseball scholarship,” Sambolin says.

“In the typically quiet town of Duncan, Oklahoma, three teens allegedly shot Lane in the back for fun and sped away in their car.”

According to Duncan Police Chief Daniel Ford, “There was some people that saw him stagger across the road, go to a kneeling position and then collapse on the side of the road.”

The shooting is making front page news in Australia, where Lane's family is struggling to cope with what happened.

“You know there's not going to be any good come out of this, because it was just so senseless,” his father Peter Lane says.

“It's happened. It's wrong, and we're just trying to deal with it the best we can.”

The three teen suspects, just 15, 16, and 17 years old, were arrested and are expected to be charged with first-degree murder.

“Police sources say the three suspects had plans to carry out a second killing that exact same night, but they were caught and stopped by police just hours later,” Sambolin reports.

Security cameras from local businesses helped to capture their car speeding down the street.

Lane’s coach commended him after the tragedy. "He was an absolute joy to coach.... He was a mature student athlete who his teammates could look to for advice and support."

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