DUNCAN — Australian shooting victim Christopher Lane didn't have a chance.
Lane, 22, was shot in the back Aug. 16, while jogging on a city street. A report on his autopsy reveals in detail the devastation that single shot caused.
Lane was hit in the left side of his back and the small-caliber bullet passed forward, upward and to the right.
The bullet first broke a rib. It then punched holes in his left lung, his aorta, his esophagus, the pulmonary artery and his right lung. Finally, it broke another rib. Both lungs collapsed and he bled extensively.
The Oklahoma medical examiner's office released the report Tuesday. The official cause of death is “penetrating gunshot wound to back.” The official manner of death is homicide.
Two teens are charged with first-degree murder in the drive-by shooting. A third teen is charged with accessory to first-degree murder after the fact and use of a vehicle in discharge of a weapon.
Prosecutors allege the gun used in the random attack was a .22-caliber revolver.
Also Tuesday, prosecutors, law enforcement agents and defense attorneys were banned from making further comments to the press about the case.
Stephens County Special Judge Jerry Herberger issued the gag order in an effort to assure fair trials. A defense attorney first suggested it.
The judge also scheduled the preliminary hearing for Oct. 17.
Gag orders are unusual, but the shooting has been the focus of widespread attention across the United States and in Australia.
District Attorney Jason Hicks and Duncan Police Chief Danny Ford already have commented repeatedly about the case to the media.
Hicks has called the defendants thugs and described the shooting as a thrill killing. The police chief has told reporters one of the three teens claimed Lane was killed because they were bored.
Lane first came to Oklahoma from Melbourne to play baseball on scholarship at Redlands Community College in El Reno. The catcher then went to East Central University in Ada and hoped to work in real estate when he graduated.
He was wearing a gray “Redlands Baseball” T-shirt when he was shot, the autopsy report shows.