SEAL Chris Kyle Shot
This is horrible news. He was killed in Texas today along with a friend. This man was a patriot and a hero. I read his book "American Sniper" last year, he was the military's deadliest sniper. I didn't know him personally but felt that he was a friend after reading his book, I had wondered what his thoughts were during the current gun debate. I feel just terrible for his wife and two young children, God rest his soul.
Chris Kyle, a former U.S. Navy SEAL credited with the largest number of confirmed kills, was one of two people fatally shot at a North Texas shooting range Saturday, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant told the Star-Telegram that Kyle, 38, was shot by a suspected gunman, identified as 25-year-old Eddie Ray Routh, around 3:30 p.m.
Routh allegedly opened fire on the two men before fleeing in a pickup truck belonging to one of the victims, according to the report.
Bryant said the suspect was apprehended and taken into custody in Lancaster, southeast of Dallas, about five hours later.
The identity of the other shooting victim was not released.
Kyle, who was married with two children, penned the New York Times bestselling book, "American Sniper," which chronicles his military experience in Iraq.
He was not on 2011 raid on Usama bin Laden's compound, according to military sources.
Kyle set the record for confirmed sniper kills at 150 and received multiple valor awards, including five Bronze Stars with Valor and two Silver Stars, according to US military records.