American Hero and Top Sniper Chris Kyle Shot Dead at Gun Range

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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  • DuxRus

    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.

  • wtd

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

  • Very sad!

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  • Campfollower

    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.

  • Jeremiah Lloyd

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

  • Sarge

    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…

  • john graham

    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???

  • jharp

    #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.

  • rodguy911

    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.

  • jharp

    #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?

  • Maudie N Mandeville

    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.

  • anti-bho

    jharp, aka Max Clinger.

  • Zajcev

    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.

  • artsykr

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

  • jharp

    “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.

  • Joanne

    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.

  • Sally

    #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.

  • IrishCat317

    #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.

  • IrishCat317

    #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.

  • Jeffery

    Freedom isn’t free. Mr. Kyle’s murder is a small price to pay for keeping our 2nd Amendment rights. Twenty first graders murdered in CT are part of that price as are 11,000 homicides and 1000 accidental gun deaths.

    Bad guys with guns kill good guys with guns.

  • Owen

    The murderer was probably pumped full of psychotropic drugs. It’s well known that drugs affecting the serotonin neurotransmitter can cause suicidal and homocidal ideation. Combine that with PTSD and it could be quite volatile.

  • Flintstone F.

    RIP Kyle.

    This is my second comment, first one never made it as far as I know. I wish Jim would get a handle on this blog, it’s getting really old with the trolls running free and the host site malfunctioning so often.

    Time to change things up Jim.

  • Jet Jaguar

    Very sad…
    Godspeed, Mr. Kyle. May your name, life, and legacy live on to inspire many.

  • lizzy84

    Really awful.
    RIP,Chris Kyle.

    “We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.” George Orwell

    Prayers going out to loved ones and victims.

    {Something smells rotten with this tragic event..you can read more here: @http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2013/02/03/hero-sniper-chris-kyle-murdered-in-texas-suspect-arrested/#comments}

  • Hugh

    Something doesn’t feel right about this to me.

  • Hiro Protagonist

    If this happened in Missouri, I would be pleased as punch to represent the alleged shooter pro bono. Those of you praising Kyle obviously never met the lying turd.

  • Patty

    Author of “American Sniper” among the dead at Rough Creek

    In 2008, he made his longest successful shot after he spotted an insurgent with a rocket launcher near a U.S. Army convoy at a range of 2,100 yards (1.2 miles).

    Kyle was recently honored by the Tarleton Alumni Association as the Outstanding Young Alumnus for 2013.

    “Our hearts go out to Chris’ family and friends at this tragic moment,” Tarleton State University President, Dr. Dominic Dottavio, said. “We are proud of his exemplary service to our nation and are deeply saddened to hear the news of this tragic event.”

    Kyle leaves behind a wife, Taya, and two children.

    http://www.yourstephenvilletx.com/news/local/article_01e35c44-6dab-11e2-a2e9-0019bb2963f4.html

    He will always be remembered in our hearts.

    Prayers

  • Crazy

    This unfortunate death will rise among the valor of many in uniform. They will stand tall no matter what. Their love of country will not deter them from their cause and their love of humanity will never sway. It is sad and cowardly that there are some that walk amongst us that would take the cowards way out and choose to win a battle by no resistance or give no warning of their act. Is it their sickness that makes them cowards or is it their just cowards and fear the very people they target and will attack their prey at the most sensitive and weakest of stance.

    This is not a crazed mind, this is one that waited for the perfect time. A time when the perfect shot and a defenseless victim could award the predator a death of success. Cowards are not ashamed of their cower. Cower and shame, acts cowards use as their only power to be used/ excepted by society, no matter how ugly, evil, wrong, it is they who embrace it and will use cowered and shameful acts in their highest forms to achieve their goals as long as their goals are reached. This man reached the ultimate goal, he took the life of two men that he, for reasons we cannot grip at this time and never will, decided killing was the choice that made his goal more reachable. What ever this mans goal was, his cause, that is the question. What was he to gain from the cower and shame he brought onto himself ? I do not believe it was his PTS that caused him to cower, and back shoot these two men, nope, there was something way bigger going on, that was brewing in this mans head and we have not yet uncovered his reasons why. I am just surprised he had not taken the ultimate end of all ends and ended his own life at the end of the chase as most cowards do.

  • Hiro Protagonist

    Crazy, how much of what you just posted could be applied to Kyle? Read your post but omit the first three sentences. Then replace “two” with “one hundred fifty.”

  • Stop Obama the communist

    Let’s see…shootings just always take place at shooting ranges, and especially in Texas, and what a coincidence the world’s best sharpshooter happened to be there to be the victim. Oh wait the shooter had PTSD? Oh in that case nothing suspicions at all. Nope. No now it all makes sense. No something doesn’t quite pass the smell test. At a minimum this will be used of course to gin up more anti-gun rhetoric by communist liberals.

  • C-Christian Soldier

    Something ‘SMELLS’ –about this–
    C-CS

  • Patty

    #77 February 3, 2013 at 1:46 pm
    C-Christian Soldier commented:

    ~~~~~~~~~~~

    Anything seems possible under a Marxist Insurgency.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7w3ZEbC09k

  • Patty
  • Patty
  • Candy

    Just because the media has labeled Eddie Ray Routh, the alleged murderer of Chris Kyle, as a PTSD sufferer, we have no evidence as of yet, that PTSD had anything to do with this heinous act. Unfortunately, there are those that are going to become instant experts and blame this horrible affliction for Chris Kyle’s death. I urge all SSD readers to be patient and wait for facts before making judgements about PTSD. Our brothers and sisters who have PTSD deserve it.

    http://soldiersystems.net/

    For your consideration:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llLVMUlDpaE

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/02/02/former-navy-seal-american-sniper-author-chris-kyle-reportedly-killed-at-tx-shooting-lodge/

  • Jet Jaguar

    Jim,
    This website needs repair. I just saw Hiro Protagonist’s real email address (which I shall not reveal) and makes me wonder if other’s have seen mine. I just created and am using a new email address which further anonymizes me. I suggest everyone do the same.

  • Buckofama88

    I would trade every liberal in this country for 1 Chris Kyle! This is beyond tragic!

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  • Jet Jaguar

    Ugh. I just realized this happened at Rough Creek Lodge near Glen Rose, Texas. Rough Creek Lodge is only 35 miles from our house. It’s a scenic and serene getaway that is now marred by this sickening crime…

  • Sasja

    Just write in a bogus email address.

  • jharp is an ass

    jharp, why must you always be so obtuse and arrogant? Of course, just as anyone with a knife can suddenly walk up from behind you and slit your throat, anyone with a gun can simply walk up to someone and shoot them without warning. Nobody’s going to stop that from happening, especially if they’re busy firing their rifles, and their attention is focused downrange. We’re not questioning THAT….

    What many people are wondering, and what a few arrogant pricks like you and Lincoln’s Weirdo have sarcastically asked, is how he GOT AWAY after shooting two people at a gun range like that without being shot himself. Well, the answer is obvious to anyone who’s ever been to a range … gunshots at a gun range don’t really stand out as unusual do they? What are two more pop-pop’s among hundreds of others? The guy simply shot them, got in the guys car, and drove away before anyone realized what had happened. If it had been in a GUN STORE, where all the employees are carrying, the guy wouldn’t have made it to the door.

    Quit trying to paint anyone who doesn’t share your opinions as ignorant. People are just asking questions and trying to understand what happened. You know, one of these days, you’re going to realize that your arrogance only reinforces your reputation as a tyrant and an idiot, but at the rate you’re going, I’m guessing it will probably be way too late to save your dumb ass…

  • Lincoln’s widow

    Where was the good guy who was supposed to take out the bad guy?

    Some puke upstream said his death is a “small price to pay” for the gun nuts to cling to their military style weapons. If that’s true then cons better get used to this sort of thing happening more and more. Even this guy couldn’t defend himself, at a gun range no less! All you gun freaks think confrontations happen just like the movies where the good guy always wins inspite of the odds. Cons need to wake up to themselves.

  • jharp is an ass
  • lincoln’s widow is an ass

    #52 February 3, 2013 at 2:38 pm
    jharp is an ass commented:

    “What many people are wondering, and what a few arrogant pricks like you and Lincoln’s Weirdo have sarcastically asked, is how he GOT AWAY after shooting two people at a gun range like that without being shot himself. Well, the answer is obvious to anyone who’s ever been to a range … gunshots at a gun range don’t really stand out as unusual do they? What are two more pop-pop’s among hundreds of others? The guy simply shot them, got in the guys car, and drove away before anyone realized what had happened. If it had been in a GUN STORE, where all the employees are carrying, the guy wouldn’t have made it to the door.”

  • donh

    This is EXACTLY what people like Alex Jones have been warning about. Programmed hits on high profile gun celebrities as part of the NWO cult war on American gun ownership rights. PTSD…means the assassin was likely entered into some kind of militaristic mental unit undergoing drug therapy and deep sleep hypnosis like Jarred Loughner , the Aurora Shooter , the Sikh temple shooter, Adam Lanza and all the rest of the zombie psychos .

  • Lincoln’s widow

    If you can’t even use your own nomenclature, you coward troll, the SYFM. You have nothing to say that I have any interest in.

  • Highlander

    It’s really hard to imagine how anyone could be as ignorant as the left-wing trolls we have here … they’re walking, talking proof of the fact that our society and our public educational system are both seriously damaged. It scares me to say this, but I think these people are indicative of the general mentality and ideology of most of America’s left too, so we’ve got some serious work ahead of us if we’re going to derail their gravy train and save this country. Luckily, they will probably wind up turning on each other when that happens, so all we’ll probably have to do is pick up the pieces afterwards…

  • Lincoln’s Weido

    Boooo hooo …. wahhhh!!!!

  • c-cs

    Test-
    c-cs

  • mark1973

    #2, Exactly! Kyle was Assasinated! This explanation stinks to high Heaven’s. This is too cut and dried. Start asking question’s and paying attention to all the discrepancies in the various explanation’s that are coming out. Add this to the Assasination of the Seal Team Six member’s who were on the Chinook helicopter in Afghanistan. The Obama administration would like to eliminate any of the main obstacles and impediment’s that could keep them from implementing martial law in this Country.

  • RedStateGal

    #10 February 3, 2013 at 10:18 am
    rodguy911 commented:

    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.

    Agreed, Mr. Rodguy. Could not agree more. I’m praying that God will reveal evil.

  • Jack

    Well, we all know he already failed the “litmus test.” Can’t have strong, experienced, patriotic AMERICAN crack shots running around loose like that. I mean, what would the Blessed O’s security team be up against then? Guess they figured we’d all back down if one of our own took it. But now (drum roll) another (wink wink) crazy “PTSD” guy goes nuts with a gun. They got a K-Mart special this time–two birds (their favorite current political aim plus a good guy) with one stone. Ain’t that grand…

  • john graham

    MAYBE…..somebody should have a chat with jessie ventura….he was in the middle if a lawsuit with this HERO…..jessie was an ex SEAL…..maybe he put a hit out on him….NOTHING SUPRISES ME ANYMORE

  • Sarah2016

    Chris Kyle was a hero par excellence, period. He put love & fight for country so high that he said he felt guilty leaving the military even after four tours of duty to spend time w/ his family. Saving our soldiers’ lives & defending the Constitution was his raison d’être.

    After Kyle appeared on Stars Earns Stripes he opened a Facebook page where he was admonished by Facebook for calling Obama a traitor (notice how fast Facebook was to censor a patriot like Chris , but takes a pass on the “kill Palin” page.) He openly criticized Obama for arming our enemies, abandoning Americans in Benghazi & trampling our 2nd Amendment rights. Kyle was also gaining influence w/ his best selling book “American Sniper.” Not to indulge in conspiracy theories, but we all know how Obama can’t take criticism & how convenient a slew of murders have been whose silence benefited Obama (see, Breitbart & Breitbart’s coroner; Helicopter crash of Navy Seals who kill OBL; witness that saw Obama’s passport….just for starters.)

  • vicky

    Facts are foggy here. How do we know there was only one gunman who in fact Kyle didn’t know well, according to reports. The PTSD motive is just hearsay… so here’s one more. Chris was set-up to meet this young confused marine vet, who was probably manipulated by Obama security & they too may have also been involved in the shooting that no one saw. Sure, sounds farfetched, but Obama fuels these kind of propositions given his track record of killing his political enemies & his slimey lack of transparency.

  • Athena

    #14, Go back to wanking in front of your computer and let the adults handle this.

  • bg

    ++

    God Bless & RIP & Thank You Mr. Kyle..

    ==

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