Chris Kyle, a former US Navy SEAL, war hero and best-selling author, has been shot and killed in an attack that took place at a Texas gun range. Police already have a suspect in custody, it has emerged.
Kyle, who wrote the book “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in US Military History,” about his 150+ kills of insurgents from 1999 to 2009, was one of the two victims of the attack, the Huffington Post reports.
The other is believed to have been a soldier he was helping cope with post-traumatic stress syndrome, but his identity has not been revealed to the press. They were at a gun range outside the town of Glen Rose in Texas, reports indicate.
Both men were shot at point blank range, with the alleged shooter making a run for it in one of the victims’ car. He was apprehended by police hours later and is now in custody.
“Kyle had become well-known for his exploits in Iraq, where he deployed four times, set the record for sniper kills at 150, received numerous commendations, and, according to the Stephensville Empire Tribune, was given the nickname ‘The Devil of Ramadi’ by insurgents,” HuffPo writes.
An investigation is underway.