Record Holding Navy Seal Sniper Killed in Gun Range Attack

Chris Kyle, the Navy Seal sniper with the most recorded kills is US military history and the author of American Sniper, has been killed in an attack at a Texas gun range. Dallas News has the story:

Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL who was the U.S. military’s deadliest sharpshooter and wrote the best-selling book American Sniper, was fatally shot Saturday in a double slaying at an Erath County gun range, the U.S. Marshals Service said.

Late Saturday, Lancaster police said they had arrested a man they say matched the description of a gunman wanted in the slayings. After a brief chase, officers arrested 25-year-old Eddie Ray Routh, said Lt. Kelly Hooten, a department spokesman.

Kyle was at a charity event at the gun range at Rough Creek Lodge and Resort on behalf of his Dallas-based security firm Craft International, said Hudson Hartson, a childhood friend of Kyle’s.

Craft International often hosted law-enforcement training events at the location, which is near Glen Rose, about 50 miles southwest of Fort Worth.

Investigators said that Routh, a former Marine who sources said is believed to suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome, shot Kyle and the second victim at point-blank range. No information was available on the second victim late Saturday.

Kyle appeared on many new programs during his book tour for American Sniper. Here is an interview he did on Conan earlier in 2012. Lets all pay our respects to this brave warrior who died in such a senseless manner. Obviously this brings up issues of gun control, mental health, and veterans services, particularly the treatment of PTSD. However, the political debate can wait on this one.

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9 Responses to Record Holding Navy Seal Sniper Killed in Gun Range Attack

  1. Details are still sketchy but I’m reading that they took Rough out to try and help him deal with his PTSD. It sounds to me like it was well-meaning, of course, but a mistake. If that is indeed the case, hindsight is 20/20 but this man should not have been given a gun in the first place if his PTSD was still so bad.
    But they may not have been aware of how bad the guy’s PTSD was at that point. Something must’ve triggered it to turn his gun on his partners. I’m sure we’ll have answers in coming days or weeks.
    This just illustrates once again how badly we need to take care and look after our veterans once they come back from the war, and to make trauma counseling and mental health help more available (and less stigmatized).

    • Its also another example that refutes the NRAs ‘good guys and bad guys.’ A whole bunch of good guys with guns were unable to stop a sick person. The one thing that would’ve stopped him was a lack of guns, not more.

      • Yup. For one thing, life is rarely set in such a clear-cut, black-and-white duality. And it’s like I said in a comment in response to one on my post, and in one on Angelo’s blog, a good guy could only stop a bad guy with a gun if he can see it coming. That doesn’t seem to be the case here, nor will it always be.
        You don’t always have advance warning.

  2. So sad, there is way to much sadness out there.

  3. john zande says:

    Is “irony” the right word here?

  4. Unfortunately our soldiers are pretty much ignored when they get back.

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