The shooting death of Australian college student Christopher Lane, in the small town of Duncan, Oklahoma, could have been racially motivated. Originally, police believed the crime was random, but a CNN news report reveals that police have looked into one of the suspect's Twitter accounts, and it showed some disturbing racist remarks. The youngest suspect, James Edwards, 15, posted on on his Twitter account, just three days before the shooting, the following:
Me and my friends are ready to take some lives, and in April he posted:
90% of White people are nasty
The three suspects are James Edwards, 15 and Chancy Luna, 16, both charged with first degree murder as adults; and Michael Jones, 17, charged with the use of violence after the discharge of a weapon, and accessory after the fact. The youngest suspects also had pictures of guns and cash on their Facebook pages that police are reviewing.
According to police reports, one suspect gave the motivation:
We were bored and had nothing to do, so we decided to kill someone
Before 3pm on Friday afternoon, Christopher Lane went jogging, the suspects saw him jog by, and that is when they decided to get in their car and open fire, hitting Lane on the back. According to witnesses, Lane was able to get up once, only to collapse again. Lane was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The suspects were caught when police were able to obtain surveillance camera footage from a nearby Mexican restaurant. The camera showed a black car that pulled in, then drove away. Four hours after the shooting, the police receive a 911 call from someone saying that it looked like
three juveniles were trying to kill someone.
The three teenagers were inside their car when police approached them. The police were able to obtain enough evidence to arrest them and take them in for questioning; within two days one of the suspects, Michael Jones, gave a full confession. The gun from the crime scene has not been recovered, but police did recover ammunition and a shot gun inside the suspects' car.
Christopher Lane had come to America to play college baseball. Lane played baseball at East Central University in Ada, 85 miles east of Duncan, and had been visiting his girlfriend and her parents in Duncan, shortly after the couple had returned from a trip to Australia. Some Australian citizens have called for a tourist boycott of America.