Ex-Marine kills former Navy SEAL and second victim in Texas

Former Navy SEAL and author Chris Kyle  (AP Photo)

Former Navy SEAL and author Chris Kyle
(AP Photo)

A former Navy SEAL who wrote the best-selling book, “American Sniper” was killed Saturday afternoon along with another man at a gun range an hour outside of Fort Worth, Texas.

Former Marine Eddie Ray Routh, 25, was arrested in Lancaster, Texas, after a short chase and is charged with the murders.

Chris Kyle, 38, and Chad Littlefield, 35, were found dead at Rough Creek Lodge, a shooting range north of Glen Rose, Texas, Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant says.

Littlefield was described as a neighbor and friend of Kyle.

Witnesses say Kyle and Littlefield were trying to help Routh, who reportedly is suffering post traumatic stress syndrome when jr opened fire on the two at the gun range and then fled the scene in a Kyle’s pickup truck.

“Chris was literally the type of guy if you were a veteran and needed help he’d help you,” Travis Cox, the director of FITCO Cares, told The Associated Press. “And from my understanding that’s what happened here.”

In his book, Kyle called himself “the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history with 150-plus kills during four tours in Iraq over 10 years.

But Kyle was also sometimes criticized for exaggeration.  He claimed to have punched out former  Minnesota Governor — and Underwater Demolition Team veteran — Jesse Ventura in a bar fight over what he called Ventura’s “unpatriotic” remarks.  Venture sued Kyle over the claim, saying the fight never happened.

The case was due to go to trial on Aug. 1.

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One Response to "Ex-Marine kills former Navy SEAL and second victim in Texas"

  1. griff6r  February 4, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Perhaps it’s time we banned “asault-style” weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devices in the military too.

    Then we will all be safe.

    Of course another story I read that occured in the Houston area told the account of a woman who was confronted by three armed Hispanics in her home as she put her six-year old child to bed.

    She managed to convince the assailants, who were armed and preparing a roll of duct tape (presumably to assist in some home repairs), that she had money stashed under her mattress. This distracted the upstanding, citizens-in-waiting long enough for her to grab her gun and shoot one of them before they fled.

    I wonder why this story isn’t all over the media? I know, it was just a single six-year old and mother, and the thugs were Hispanic. Don’t want to throw the liberals off-point on not only gun control but the oft-repeated mantra of poor Jose’ and Maria merely seeking a better life for themselves and their loved ones.

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