Duncan Homicide, Act of Random Violence

Published: Aug. 17, 2013 at 9:33 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 26, 2013 at 2:30 PM CDT
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DUNCAN, Okla_They appeared to be on a mission to kill. That's what seems to be the driving force behind Friday's deadly shooting in Duncan.

Police say 23-year old Christopher Lane, an Australian native, was gunned down Friday afternoon at the intersection of Twilight Beach and Country Club Roads.

Just hours after Lane's death police arrested three juveniles all on murder one complaints.

The teens are ages 15, 16,  and 17, and remain in the Stephens County Jail as of Saturday night.

"They witnessed the young man run by on the street. Chose him as a target, " said Duncan Police Chief Danny Ford.

That's the way Ford describes how the juvenile suspects chose Christopher Lane as their target.  At complete random.

Lane was said to be running, like he routinely did, except there was nothing routine about how this run ended. 

"There were some people who saw him stagger across the road, go to a kneeling position and then collapse on the side of the road, " Ford said.

After shooting Christopher Lane, the three suspects fled down a quiet street, in a black car, leaving Lane to fight for his life and ultimately die. A roadside memorial now rests in the place where Lane lost his life..

Ford said he doesn't believe there is a solitary eye witness, but neighbors in the quiet area knew something had happened.

"They heard the car leave at a high rate of speed, squealing its tires. People were out in their yards and caught glimpses of the vehicle. They couldn't tell us make or model, but they could tell us color, " Ford said.

Duncan Police had no leads, but thanks to a particular path the suspects took, security cameras of  nearby businesses were able to capture their car speeding down the street. From that they were able to track down the car and suspects leading to all three of their arrests just hours later.

"We certainly want to thank the businesses because they shut down their work and gave us their video, and we were able to locate the car, " said Ford.

Neighbors in the area remain stunned and shocked by the circumstances. 

"It's unreal. And you know you just can't imagine it happening in this neighborhood, " said one neighbor.
Chief Ford said Lane and his girlfriend, a long time Duncan resident, just returned from his native Australia three days ago. He tells 7News the two have been dating for 4 and half years.

As for the three suspects, they were booked on first degree murder, but it will ultimately be up to the district attorney to decide the official charges.