One Okla. teenager has confessed to shooting and killing a 22-year-old male athlete in the town of Duncan on Tuesday because the teen claimed he and his friends were “bored.”
The alleged 17-year-old perpetrator gave a detailed confession to police, according to CBS News. Two other teens, ages 15 and 16, are also in custody.
The victim, Christopher Lane, a native of Australia, was staying in Okla. after he received a baseball scholarship from an area college. Lane had just returned to the Duncan area on Friday, from Melbourne, and was visiting his girlfriend when he decided to go out for a jog.
The three teens reportedly followed Lane and decided to pass the time by killing someone. After Lane jogged by their house, one of the teens allegedly pointed him out and designated him as their target.
Police Chief Danny Ford said the boy explained to police, ‘We were bored and didn’t have anything to do, so we decided to kill somebody.’
The teen also reportedly told the police that they followed Lane in a car and then proceeded to shoot him in the back with a .22 revolver. Witnesses say they saw Lane stagger and drop, and tried to help by performing CPR, but Lane died shortly after he was shot.
Lane’s father, Peter Lane, told the Australian media that the incident was, “[H]eartless and to try to understand it is a short way to insanity.”
Lane’s college coach, Dino Rosato, said he will be greatly missed and was a “well-respected teammate.” Lane was a starter on his college baseball team.
Lane’s girlfriend, Sarah Harper, said, “He didn’t deserve any of this.”
Tim Fischer, who led gun control reforms in Australia in the 90s, told Australian media that Australians should boycott the U.S..
Fischer said, “Tourists thinking of going to the USA should think twice.”