Three teenage suspects — two charged with first degree murder and another named as an accessory — were "bored" when they decided to allegedly shoot and kill an Australian college baseball player in Oklahoma on Friday, according to authorities.
Christopher Lane, a 22-year-old student from Melbourne at East Central University in Ada, Okla., was out for a run while visiting his girlfriend in Duncan, Okla. when he passed by the house where the three suspects – ages 15, 16 and 17 – were staying, Duncan Police Chief Danny Ford told the Associated Press. The suspects are currently in custody.
"They saw Christopher go by, and one of them said: 'There's our target,'" said Ford. "The boy who has talked to us said: 'We were bored and didn't have anything to do, so we decided to kill somebody.'"
Police used surveillance footage from local businesses to identify a car believed to be involved in the shooting. The suspects were found in a church parking lot inside the vehicle, The Oklahoman reported.
Lane was found at 3 p.m. on Friday with a bullet wound in his lower back. He died about an hour later at the hospital.
According to Ford, the 17-year-old driver said the 16-year-old suspect was the triggerman and the 15-year-old was just a passenger during the shooting. Investigators have been unable to locate a murder weapon — believed to be a small caliber revolver — but did discover a dismantled shotgun with the serial numbers ground off in the trunk of the car beneath the spare tire.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported the suspects allegedly drove to a second house to murder another unrelated victim hours after shooting Lane. One of the suspects allegedly shared a post on Facebook that read "Bang. Two drops in two hours."
A spokesperson for the District Attorney told the Herald that if convicted of first degree murder, the boys will face a maximum sentence of life in prison. Because they are minors, they will not be able to face a death sentence.
"He was a kid on the cusp of making his life," Peter Lane, Christopher's father, told reporters in Melbourne. "There wasn't anything he did or could have done…It's happened, it's wrong and we just try and deal with it the best we can."
Lane was on a scholarship at ECU where he was entering his senior year playing catcher for the school's baseball team.
"He was an absolute joy to coach," said Dino Rosato, the baseball coach, in a statement issued by the school. "He set a great example for all of his teammates, but more importantly for the younger players. He was a mature student-athlete who his teammates could look for advice and support."