Sunday, February 3, 2013

Chris Kyle, Author of "American Sniper", Shot Dead at Texas Firing Range

‘American Sniper’ author Chris Kyle shot dead at Texas gun range; ex-Navy SEAL was 38
By Jessica Chasmar

Photo by: Paul Moseley
Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL who wrote the book “American Sniper,” poses in Midlothian, Texas, on Friday, April 6, 2012. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Paul Moseley)

A 25-year-old man was charged Sunday in the deadly shooting of Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL who was the author of “American Sniper,” and another man at a Texas firing range.

Sgt. Lonny Haschel said in a news release that deputies responded to a shooting at the Rough Creek Lodge outside Glen Rose, Texas, about 50 miles from Fort Worth, at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Police found the bodies of Mr. Kyle, 38, and Chad Littlefield, 35, at the shooting range, the Associated Press reports.

Eddie Ray Routh of Lancaster, Texas, was arraigned on two counts of capital murder. The motive for the shooting was unclear.

Mr. Kyle wrote the best-selling book “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History.” A news release from Travis Cox, director of FITCO Cares, a nonprofit Mr. Kyle helped start, said Mr. Kyle served four tours of duty, the AP reports.

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‘American Sniper’ Author Shot to Death in Texas

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