The Oklahoma shooting of 22-year-old Australian Christopher Lane by three US teens because “we were bored and didn't have anything to do, so we decided to kill somebody,” is causing worldwide uproar. In his confession, the 17-year-old teen provided details about the Oklahoma shooting stating that he and his two friends picked a random target and shot Christopher Lane for “the fun of it,” reported The Guardian on Aug. 20, 2013.
According to an Aug. 21, 2013, NewsMax report, "former Australia deputy prime minister" Tim Fischer discouraged Australians this week from traveling to the U.S. and blamed the NRA for promoting gun use. Other Australian officials also criticized the National Rifle Association and called for a boycott of U.S. tourism.
"Tourists thinking of going to the USA should think twice. I am deeply angry about this because of the callous attitude of the three teenagers, (but) it's a sign of the proliferation of guns on the ground in the USA. There is a gun for almost every American," said Tim Fischer.
On Tuesday, the three U.S. teens, 15-year-old James Francis Edwards Jr., 16-year-old Chancey Allen Luna, and 17-year-old Michael Dewayne Jones, were charged in the Oklahoma shooting of 22-year-old Christopher Lane.
Prosecutors said that the three teens gunned down 22-year-old Christopher Lane in Duncan on Friday because they were "bored and just wanted to see somebody die."
The two younger teens, 15-year-old James Francis Edwards Jr., and 16-year-old Chancey Allen Luna, are being charged with first-degree murder and will be tried as adults while 17-year-old Michael Dewayne Jones, who reportedly drove the getaway car, is being charged with using a vehicle in the discharge of a weapon and with accessory to first-degree murder after the fact. Jones will also be tried as an adult in the Oklahoma shooting.
“Luna and Edwards were held without bail, while Jones' was set at $1 million.”
While the three teen suspects were charged in the Oklahoma shooting, 22-year-old Christopher Lane was being remembered by family members, friends, and his East Central University coach, Dino Rosato. Dino Rosato described Christopher Lane as “a tireless worker on the and off the field. He was an absolute joy to coach. You would never know if he was having a bad day because he always had the Chris Lane smile on."
On Friday, 22-year-old Christopher Lane, who is from Melbourne and who was visiting the U.S. on a baseball scholarship at East Central University, was jogging along a road in Duncan, Okla., where his long-time girlfriend and her family lived.
While jogging, Christopher Lane passed the house where the three teens were staying. According to Police Chief Danny Ford, the teen who confessed in the Oklahoma shooting said that “they saw Christopher go by, and one of them said: 'There's our target.' We were bored and didn't have anything to do, so we decided to kill somebody."
After picking their random target, the three teens followed 22-year-old Christopher Lane in a car and shot him in the back before driving off.“
Police Chief Danny Ford told the television station KOCO in Oklahoma City that the teen said in his confession that they shot Christopher Lane for "the fun of it."
After hearing the shot, witnesses rushed to help the 22-year-old athlete when they saw him stagger and collapse on the road in Duncan, which is a south-central Oklahoma town of about 24,000 residents.
"He was face down on the ground and he was shot in the back with a .22 revolver," builder Richard Rhodes told Australian broadcasters near a roadside memorial at the scene. "I had another lady stop and we tried CPR on him. And he passed away right here."
According to an ABC News report, after the Oklahoma shooting, authorities used surveillance videos from local businesses and “noticed a black vehicle had pulled behind a hotel for 11 minutes after the shooting before driving away.” After three hours passed without any sign of the black car, a call came in to the police on Friday evening saying “that there were three juveniles at a house with guns and wanting to kill somebody."
Duncan Police Chief Danny Ford said that police officers found three teens in the black car, which was parked at a church parking lot near the home. “They were pretty uncooperative. [But] after questioning them and getting consent to search the car, we found evidence that made us believe they were involved."
“Ford declined to elaborate on what evidence was found in the car. After the teens were arrested, Ford said the driver, who is 17, told police they were all at the scene of the slaying and that the 16-year-old suspect pulled the trigger.”
In a separate interview with the Australian Associated Press (AAP), Duncan Police Chief Danny Ford said that “it appeared the teenagers were on a ‘killing spree’ after leaving a chilling message on Facebook.”
"They wanted to be Billy Bob Badasses. I think they were on a killing spree. We would have had more bodies that night if we didn't get them."
On one of the alleged killer's Facebook pages, investigators said they found the message: "Bang. Two drops in two hours", AAP reported.
Duncan Police Chief Danny Ford also said in his interview that the three teens “were bored and just wanted to see somebody die.”
The Oklahoma shooting victim’s father, Peter Lane, 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.”
Reading about the insane Oklahoma shooting makes one wonder. What is the true danger coming from today’s teens -- guns or boredom?