Nightly News   |  August 20, 2013

Father stunned at son's 'pointless' shooting

While out jogging, a 22-year-old scholarship student from Australia was gunned down in Duncan, Okla., by teens who say they were “bored” and “decided to kill somebody” because they “had nothing to do.” NBC’s Randy McIlwain reports.

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>>> there in oklahoma , another big story involving gun violence is getting a lot of attention because of the shocking nature of the crime in the reason. police say a group of teenagers killed a young man in cold blood , a stranger who was just out for a jog. we get our report tonight from nbc's randy mcelwane.

>> reporter: 22-year-old christopher lane was out for an afternoon jog on the streets of duncan , oklahoma , friday when a car pulled up beside him and someone opened fire. witnesses say lane was shot in the back and fell to his knees. he was pronounced dead at a hospital.

>> this is not something that we see happening here, and i'm going to do everything that i can to ensure that we see these three thugs pay for what they did to christopher lane .

>> reporter: the australian was in the u.s. to pursue his passion, baseball, attending east central university in ada, oklahoma , on a baseball scholarship. police arrested three teenage suspects who they say have no connection to drugs or gangs. duncan police chief danny ford says they had a more chilling motive.

>> as was stated by the 17-year-old, "we were bored. we had nothing to do. we decided we'd kill somebody."

>> reporter: the suspects, ages 15, 16 and 17, were in stevens county court this afternoon. all have been charged as adults. thousands of miles away in melbourne, australia, lane's parents and family are stunned.

>> why he was taken away is [ bleep ] pointless. just so pointless.

>> we were lucky that we had him for that period of time.

>> reporter: christopher's girlfriend, sara harper, lives in duncan and is devastated.

>> i just wonder what his final moments were. it means a lot to me. some people care.

>> reporter: she stasrted a facebook page in tribute to his memory. she wrote, "you will always be mine and in a very special and protected place in my heart ." tonight in duncan people are leaving flowers and condolences at a makeshift memorial. and across the sea in melbourne, they're doing the same. randy mcelwane, nbc news, oklahoma city , oklahoma .