SEAL Chris Kyle Killed: Arrest Made, PTSD May Have Caused the Shooting
Kyle brought in the suspect to the gun range, was trying to help him cope with PTSD
As we wrote yesterday, a former US Navy SEAL by the name of Chris Kyle has been killed in Texas, on the gun range. On Saturday, February 2, he was shot at Rough Creek Lodge near Stephenville in Texas.Kyle, dubbed a war hero, authored a best-selling book chronicling his 10-year experience in the war zone.
During 1999 and 2009, he allegedly took the lives of more than 100 people, prompting the publication of the book “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in US Military History.”
“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,” noted Huffington Post.
25-year-old Eddie Ray Routh, an Iraq war veteran himself, has been arrested in Kyle's murder. Routh was driven to the gun range by the victim, who was helping him deal with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Daily Mail adds that the 39-year-old SEAL is not Routh's only victim, as 35-year-old Chad Littlefield has also been shot at gun range. Littlefield, the suspect's neighbor, was present that day in an effort to support Routh during his traumatic time.
Even as the name of the second victim in the shooting was not released from the start, earlier reports have mentioned that a second veteran has been gunned down.
The suspect drove Kyle's pick-up truck as he made his getaway from the crime scene. He was arrested at approximately 9 p.m., February 3. He is set to be indicted on capital murder following the killing of two people.
Chris Kyle had already survived several attempts on his life in Iraq, having been shot twice and living through six explosions during combat.