Runner Shot By “Bored” Teenagers

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Aug. 20, 2013
  • Updated Aug. 20, 2013 at 11:24 AM UTC

The Australian was shot in the back “for the fun of it”.

According to a report from the Associated Press, Christopher Lane was doing nothing wrong when he was out for a run last week.

The Australian baseball player was visiting his girlfriend in Duncan, Oklahoma when he was shot and killed by a group of teenagers he passed while out on a run.

Police Chief Danny Ford said a 17-year-old in the group has given a detailed confession to law enforcement, but a weapon has not been found.

Three teenagers, including the 17-year-old, as well as a 16 and a 15-year-old, are still in custody.

“They saw Christopher go by, and one of them said: `There’s our target,”‘ 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.”‘

Lane had been visiting from Melbourne and wasattending college on a baseball scholarship. Ford went on to tell a local radio station that the teens shot the runner for the “fun of it.”


Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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