American hero Chris Kyle, the top sniper in US history, was shot to death yesterday at a shooting range in Texas while working with veterans.

Kyle recorded more than 150 sniper kills – the most in U.S. military history.
He spoke to reporters last year about his time in Iraq.

What sad news.
The Daily Mail reported:

A former Navy Seal, expert sniper and best-selling author was reportedly gunned down at a Texas shooting range Saturday by a veteran who is recovering from post-traumatic stress syndrome.

Ex-Navy Seal Chris Kyle, 39, and another man were shot point-blank around 3:30 p.m. at a charity event on behalf of Kyle’s security firm at the gun range at Rough Creek Lodge and Resort in Erath County.

The suspect, 25-year-old Eddie Ray Routh, was arrested roughly five hours later in Lancaster, Texas after a police chase. He was driving Kyle’s truck at the time of the arrest, police said.

Investigators told ABC affiliate WFAA-TV that Routh is a former Marine who was suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome.

Kyle, a husband and father of two, authored the New York Times best-seller ‘American Sniper,’ which chronicled his four tours in Iraq. The book hit shelves last month.

He recorded more than 150 sniper kills – the most in U.S. military history – between 1999 and 2009.

Sarah Palin remembered Chris Kyle today.

 

 

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  1. What a tragic loss of a Great American patriot. My heart is broken and my prayers go out to his and the other victims families.

  2. How does a hit like this take place at a shooting range in Texas, with no-one returning fire?

  3. Did the guy perhaps try to get a job from Kyle and was told “you’re a basket case, no way.”???

    What other circumstances precipitated this. It’s NOT just PTSD, but aggravated by PTSD certainly. There are facts we’ll never know. What a tragedy.

  4. Reminds me of Amadeus where a young serious talent is buried in a mass grave at the end of the movie.

  5. Flag to half-mast; a tragic loss of a profoundly-skilled patriot.

    Expect gun grabbers to demagogue this tragic loss as somehow proving their point, in 3… 2… 1…

  6. GOD speed mr. Kyle….thank you for your service…….has anyone else noticed a lot of our SEALS and patriots seem to be getting killed, and dying???? or is it just me???

  7. #2 February 3, 2013 at 9:32 am
    wtd commented:

    “How does a hit like this take place at a shooting range in Texas, with no-one returning fire?”

    Because if someone simply walks up to you and shoots you it makes no difference how many guns you are armed with. Somehow you gun nut fail to grasp the concept that how it happens on TV is pretend.

  8. You gotta wonder about the War on Seals ever since the killing of OBL’s body double that was taken out buried at sea so there were no DNA comparisons. The Seals have been under attack ever since. All over the world as well. Benghazi,an Afghanistan chopper attack,now Texas, its near endless.

  9. #8 February 3, 2013 at 10:11 am
    john graham commented:

    “GOD speed mr. Kyle….thank you for your service…….has anyone else noticed a lot of our SEALS and patriots seem to be getting killed, and dying???? or is it just me???”

    I’ve noticed. Mostly suicides.

    Time to cut govt spending to help these men though, right?

  10. jhary: Poor thing, I think you miss the point. We all understand along with you that if someone walks up to you and shoots you point blank in the back (as in this case), ‘it makes no difference how many guns you are armed with’. It’s not ‘you’, it’s the other guys that were at the range that#2 was speaking of.

    As for you, please stay away from guns.

  11. jharp, aka Max Clinger.

  12. Hero?????Kill over 160 people with sniper,from secure place,shooting on what ever he think is enemy!!!!!Fighting as aggressor in another country!!!! Simple sick. Now explain to St.Peter what you was doing.

  13. Just read elsewhere that the place was more of a resort rather than a gun range. Has anyone checked that out. Just wondering.

  14. “it’s the other guys that were at the range that#2 was speaking of.”

    So the gunman walked up and and shot one guy in the back then immediately turned and shot the other guy before he had any chance to react. It goes. Boom boom. Takes about one second.

    A lot of good it did them being armed, right? Gun nuts be warned. The stuff you see on TV is pretend, made up, it doesn’t happen like that.

  15. Very maddening that this man spent his life fighting for the U.S. and some punk took him out, and the same goes for the other man.

    I can’t help but think that Obama wouldn’t want this top sniper around.

  16. #14:

    With each shot he saved the life of a commrade. He was the protector for our brave soldiers. St. Peter understands this well. Good vs evil and God vs the devil battles have gone on for centuries.

    #10

    My thoughts, exactly. A “random PTSD” case? Probably not.

    What a tragic loss.

  17. #5 February 3, 2013 at 9:53 am
    Campfollower commented:

    Did the guy perhaps try to get a job from Kyle and was told “you’re a basket case, no way.”???

    What other circumstances precipitated this. It’s NOT just PTSD, but aggravated by PTSD certainly. There are facts we’ll never know. What a tragedy.

    The story in this article is very brief. Chris Kyle was actually known for his work with veterans returning and dealing wiht PSTD.

  18. #5 February 3, 2013 at 9:53 am
    Campfollower commented:

    Did the guy perhaps try to get a job from Kyle and was told “you’re a basket case, no way.”???

    What other circumstances precipitated this. It’s NOT just PTSD, but aggravated by PTSD certainly. There are facts we’ll never know. What a tragedy.

    The story in this article is very brief. Chris Kyle was actually known for his work with veterans returning and dealing with PTSD.



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