Retired SEAL Sniper Chris Kyle Killed at Shooting Range in Texas
Ex-Navy SEAL Chris Kyle was one of two victims killed in a shooting at a Texas gun range Saturday.
According to a local news station, police have arrested a suspect in the slayings. The suspect reportedly shot Kyle at point-blank range while he attempted to aid a fellow veteran.
Kyle reportedly achieved 160 kills as a sniper in the Navy SEALs and wrote a New York Times bestseller: American Sniper about his exploits.
Kyle served four combat tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom and elsewhere. His decorations include two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation. Additionally, he received the Grateful Nation Award, given by the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs. Following his combat deployments, he became chief instructor for training Naval Special Warfare Sniper and Counter-Sniper teams, and he authored the Naval Special Warfare Sniper Doctrine, the first Navy SEAL sniper manual.
The shooting occurred in Erath County, Texas, some 50 miles from Fort Worth. Chris Kyle was at a veterans' charity event helping a fellow military member learn sniper shooting technique. He was apparently shot by a Marine suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome. The suspect, Eddie Ray Routh, has been arrested in Lancaster, Texas in connection with the shooting.
The media keeps saying "former Navy SEAL" - heads up Lamestream: there's no such thing as a "former" SEAL or Green Beret - the correct term is 'ex-' meaning 'out of'.
Chris Kyle was a better man than most; lived more in his short time on this Earth than most men would in ten lifetimes. He was a bona fide American Hero. Honor him.