Chris Kyle, record-holding sniper as Navy SEAL, killed in double slaying at Texas gun range
Chris Kyle, record-holding sniper as Navy SEAL, killed in double slaying at Erath County gun range
By TASHA TSIAPERAS
TASHA TSIAPERAS The Dallas Morning News Staff Writer
Published: 03 February 2013 12:38 AM
Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL who was the U.S. military’s deadliest sharpshooter and wrote the best-selling book American Sniper, was fatally shot Saturday in a double slaying at an Erath County gun range, the U.S. Marshals Service said.
Late Saturday, Lancaster police said they had arrested a man they say matched the description of a gunman wanted in the slayings. After a brief chase, officers arrested 25-year-old Eddie Ray Routh, said Lt. Kelly Hooten, a department spokesman.
Kyle was at a charity event at the gun range at Rough Creek Lodge and Resort on behalf of his Dallas-based security firm Craft International, said Hudson Hartson, a childhood friend of Kyle’s.
Craft International often hosted law-enforcement training events at the location, which is near Glen Rose, about 50 miles southwest of Fort Worth.
Investigators said that Routh, a former Marine who sources said is believed to suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome, shot Kyle and the second victim at point-blank range. No information was available on the second victim late Saturday.
What is the NRA’s excuses going to be for this one? The victims should have been armed? The people at the gun range should have been armed more? That the killer watched too many violent video games?