College baseball player allegedly killed by 'bored' teens

Chris Lane. (Facebook)

Chris Lane. (Facebook)

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, Last Updated: 1:22 AM ET

Police allege the life of a 22-year-old collegiate athlete was taken Friday by three teenagers who "just wanted to see somebody die."

While jogging down a rural Oklahoma road, Chris Lane, a catcher on East Central University's men's baseball team, was killed in a drive-by shooting. Police allege a trio of teens, aged 15, 16, and 17, are responsible.

Lane was shot in the back and left to die on the side of the Duncan, Okla., road.

"They were bored and just wanted to see somebody die," Duncan police chief Danny Ford told ABC News.

It appears Lane, who police say was visiting his girlfriend at the time, did not know the accused. He died shortly after arriving at a local hospital.

The teens have been charged with first-degree murder.

Police say there were no witnesses to the murder, but nearby residents heard a gunshot and saw a black car speeding down the street.

Thanks to video surveillance footage from local businesses, police were able to support the residents' claim that a black vehicle was transporting the supposed killers. Footage showed the vehicle pull behind a hotel for about 10 minutes following the shooting, and then driving away.

Approximately three hours later, police received a call reporting the presence of "three juveniles at a house with guns and wanting to kill somebody."

The three teens were found shortly thereafter.

Interviews with police, Ford said, revealed the 16-year-old pulled the trigger, while the 17-year-old drove the vehicle.

East Central's website lists Lane's hometown as Melbourne, Australia. He was studying finance at the Ada, Okla., school after transferring from nearby Redlands Junior College.

"He was an athlete going for a jog like he would do five or six days a week," Ford said of Lane and the shocking murder. "It's wrong and we just try and deal with it the best we can."


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