Noted Navy SEAL shot, killed at North Texas gun range

Chris Kyle

Credit: Facebook

Chris Kyle poses with his Lapua .338, the weapon he said he used to make his longest kill -- 2,100 yards outside Sadr City, Iraq. The photo appeared on his Facebook page.


by Jason Whitely / WFAA


Posted on February 2, 2013 at 11:17 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 6:13 PM

GLEN ROSE — Chris Kyle, a former Navy Seal who became known as the deadliest U.S. sniper, was one of two men murdered on Saturday at a gun range in Erath County.

Three sources confirmed to KVUE's sister station, WFAA, that Kyle, who served in every major battle during Operation Iraqi Freedom, was among the two men shot to death at Rough Creek Lodge, 53 miles southwest of Fort Worth.

Eddie Routh, 25, is in custody suspected of the double murders.

Investigators said they Routh, a former Marine who is said to suffer from post traumatic stress syndrome, is believed to have turned his weapon on Kyle and the second victim at a shooting range, killing them both at point blank range.

An alert was issued for Routh who was later captured after a short pursuit in Lancaster, south of Dallas.

Routh is believed to be highly trained with military experience

While serving in Iraq, insurgents placed a bounty on Kyle's head because of his lethal accuracy a sa sniper. He recounted his experiences in "American Sniper," published last year. It details Kyle's sniper days killing insurgents from 1999 to 2009. The book's cover refers to Kyle as "the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history," with 160 confirmed kills.

Kyle, 39, was born in Odessa, Texas and was using a rifle at the age of 8, according to his book.

He served four tours of duty in Iraq and was twice wounded by gunfire.

Kyle left the Navy in 2009 and was president of Craft International, which provides training to military and law enforcement professionals.

He was married and has two children.


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