Duncan, OK – Just when you think it’s safe to go for an afternoon jog, you get shot by a group of bored teenagers. That’s exactly what happened to 22-year-old Christopher Lane on Friday afternoon.
Lane was a student from Australia attending East Central University on a baseball scholarship. He was in Duncan visiting his girlfriend when he decided to go for a jog, which his father says was part of his daily routine.
Despite the upper-class neighborhood he was jogging in, there were some bad apples hanging around that afternoon. Three teenagers, identified as James Edwards, 15; Chancey Luna, 16; and Michael Jones, 17; spotted Lane jogging past the house they were hanging out at and decided to kill him.
“They saw Christopher go by, and one of them said: ‘There’s our target,’” Police Chief Danny Ford said. “The boy who has talked to us said, ‘We were bored and didn’t have anything to do, so we decided to kill somebody.’”
The three teens got into a car and followed Lane, then shot him one time in the back before driving off. No one saw the shooting, but witnesses saw Lane staggering into the grass, and a black car speeding away. People on the scene tried to help Lane, but it was too late.
“He was face down on the ground and he was shot in the back,” said Richard Rhodes. “I had another lady stop and we tried CPR on him. And he passed away.”
Police began searching for the vehicle and its occupants and found them after a concerned woman called police to say that someone was threatening her son. When police arrived, they located the suspects in their car parked in a church parking lot across the street. A search of the vehicle produced a shotgun and bullets that matched the caliber used to kill Lane.
After the three teens were arrested, Jones told police he was just the driver and that the other two boys were the ones who concocted the plan to follow and shoot Lane. Backing this up somewhat, Luna told police he was the one who pulled the trigger and that he that he did it “for the fun of it.”
It was later revealed that hours before Lane was shot, one of the teens left a message on his Facebook that stated, ” Bang, two drops in two hours.” Two days before the shooting, Edwards tweeted, “With my n*****s when it’s time to start taken life’s [sic].” Both Edwards and Luna have pictures of themselves online, sometimes together, brandishing guns and flashing gang signs.
The accused parents’ were on the news claiming their angels were innocent and there was no way they could be a part of Lane’s cold-blooded murder, even though Luna’s mother admitted her son was part of a “wanna be gang” and Edwards father said his son had been in trouble with the law in the past.
Supposedly, these kids have some hard knock lives, as Edwards’ mother is in jail, and Luna is dealing with the death of a brother and step-father. According to Ford, this case shares similarities with other cases like it. ”If you look at the background of these kids you’ll basically find parental influence has either not been there or criminal influence has basically taken the same path,” he said.
The three teens have been charged with first-degree murder, and are facing life in prison if found guilty. Although Oklahoma has the death penalty, the boys are not eligible because of their ages. They are currently being held in Stephens County Jail and no bail has been set.Tags: Australia, Chancey Luna, Christopher Lane, Crime, James Edwards, Juvenile, Michael Jones, Oklahoma, Shooting