GRAPHIC: 911 call released after Australian athlete shot in Duncan
WARNING: Below is the unedited 911 call after Australian athlete Christopher Lane was shot in the back in Duncan. Its content may not be suitable for all listeners. Viewer discretion is advised.
DUNCAN, Okla. – Authorities have released the 911 call from the woman who found the Australian baseball player, 22-year-old Christopher Lane, after he had been shot in Duncan.
Three Duncan teens have been charged in the alleged “murder for fun” of the Australian student gunned down over the weekend.
Authorities said the teenagers allegedly conspired to kill an East Central University baseball player out of “boredom.”
Duncan police said one of the juvenile suspects confessed to the crime.
Officials in Stephens County have charged 15-year-old James Edwards, Jr. and 16-year-old Chancey Luna with first-degree murder.
Because they are juveniles, they cannot receive the death penalty but they could spend life in prison.
In addition, 17-year-old Michael Jones is facing two felony counts of discharging a weapon and accessory to murder after the fact.
He is being charged as a juvenile.
Lane was visiting his girlfriend in Duncan Friday afternoon when police said he was shot in the back during a drive-by while he was jogging.
The suspects’ car was identified on local business security cameras and hours later, the trio was arrested.
According to Duncan Police Chief Danny Ford, Jones confessed that when they saw Lane jogging, “We were bored. We had nothing to do. We decided we’d kill somebody.”
Some Australian officials are calling for a boycott of America, saying our nation’s relaxed gun laws make it an unsafe destination for foreign visitors.
Below is a portion of the transcript of the above 911 call:
Authorities have released the 911 call that a woman made when she saw Land standing in the roadway and then fall into a ditch.
“911. Where is your emergency?”
“There is a young man. He just fell over in the ditch, and he’s got blood on him.”
It was 2:57 pm on Friday, August 16. A frantic Joyce Smith calls 911. She lives about a mile away from where she saw a staggering Lane. He’d been shot and left for dead.
“He was standing in the roadway and he fell over and as I come by he just fell over in the ditch.” Smith said. “I’m kind of afraid to go over to him. I don’t know him.”
It was 23-year-old Lane.
“He’s got on blue pants with a white stripe and a grey shirt, and he’s got blood on his back.”
Smith wasn’t the only one who stopped to help. So did another man who may be a possible witness in the case.
“He said he heard the shot and he knows what the car looks like.”
A crowd gathered near Plato and Twilight Beach Lane. It was growing in numbers and in fear of Lane’s life. Just moments earlier Land was standing in the street. He is now in a ditch and fading fast.
“Tell them to hurry. He’s shot.” Smith said. “They’re on their way. They’re on their way. Calm down. He’s turning blue.”
It is hard to make out in all the commotion, but among it is Lane’s voice crying out in pain.
“Is he talking to you right now?” The dispatcher asked Smith.
“No, he’s just ‘Ohhh, ohhhh.’ That’s all he’s doing, making the noise.” Smith said.
Lane is still alive and holding on at this point. It has been three minutes since Smith made the 911 call.
“He’s not conscious. Is he still breathing? Barely,” Smith said.
Others in the background plead for emergency crews to hurry. Then there was a sign of hope.
“He just took a breath.” Smith said.
“I don’t hear any sirens or nothing.” Smith said.
Another minute passes and a woman shows up and helps give Lane CPR.
“If you don’t hurry, he’s gone.” Smith said.
“They can’t come any faster. They’re on the way,” the dispatcher said.
“Has he stopped breathing? Yes. Yes. They said he has.” Smith said.
“Finally here’s some police.” Smith said. “Can I get off?”
“You can. Thank you, ma’am,” the dispatcher said.
“Alright; thank you. Bye,” Smith said.
The entire 911 call lasted seven minutes and 17 seconds.
Friends of Lane have set up a gofundme.com project to help cover expenses for Lane’s family.
“Please help us raise money to cover all expenses for Chris’ family to be able to fly to Oklahoma to receive his body and take him back to Melbourne, Australia. Every cent is greatly appreciated and all donations will go right to his family! I recently spoke to Chris’s father and he told me that if there is any money left over they will start a Christopher Lane Foundation.”
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