Australian baseballer gunned down by US teens

August 19, 2013 | By | Reply More

Sydney: An Australian family has described the death of their baseballer son in a random drive-by shooting by three teenagers in the United States as “senseless”. Chris Lane, 22, was in the US on a baseball scholarship and was jogging in the small town of Duncan in Oklahoma when he was shot in the back on Friday and left to die on the side of the road. Three teenagers aged 15, 16 and 17 were arrested and face the death penalty, Danny Ford, chief of Duncan Police Department, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

hromedia Australian baseballer gunned down by US teens intl. news1“He [Lane] apparently was jogging,” Ford said. “He went by a residence where these three boys were, they picked him as a target, they went out and got in a vehicle and followed him. Came up from behind and basically shot him in the back with a small calibre weapon, then sped away.”

The killing has made headlines in Australia and in a separate interview with Australian Associated Press, Ford said it appeared the teenagers had planned to kill more people after leaving a message on Facebook. “I think they were on a killing spree,” Ford said. “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.

Lane’s devastated father Chris said his death was so pointless.

“There’s not going to be any good come out of this because it was just so senseless,” he told reporters in Melbourne. “There wasn’t anything he did or could have done. He was an athlete going for a jog like he would do five or six days a week in terms of his training schedule.

“He was just a kid on the cusp of making his life. To try and understand it is a short way to insanity.”

Baseball Australia said it was shocked by the circumstances of Lane’s death.

“Baseball Australia is deeply saddened to hear of the tragic passing of Chris Lane, a very talented and bright young player,” it said on its website.

Press coordinator for HRO media – contributed to this report.

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