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2 dead, 1 arrested in gun range shooting

GLEN ROSE, Texas, Feb. 3 (UPI) — A highly decorated former Navy SEAL and a second man were shot to death at a gun range in Texas and police said they arrested the suspected gunman.

WFAA-TV, Dallas, reported Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant said Chris Kyle, a 38-year-old retired SEAL sniper with the most confirmed kills and the author of the book “American Sniper,” was at the gun range at Rough Creek Lodge near Glen Rose with a neighbor when the suspected gunman, Eddie Ray Routh, 25, turned his gun on them and shot the men in the back about 3:30 p.m. Saturday local time.

ABC News reported that the two victims, Kyle and neighbor Chad Littlefield, were trying to help Routh with his problems.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Routh, 25, allegedly fled in a pickup truck belonging to one of the victims but was arrested about 5 hours later about 70 miles away in Lancaster, southeast of Dallas.

Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant told the Fort Worth (Texas) Start Telegram investigators had not determined a motive for the shootings.

“Not a clue, absolutely no idea,” he said.

WFAA-TV said Routh, a former Marine who served in Iraq and Haiti, was said to be dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder. Police said they have recovered his weapon, a semi-automatic pistol. ABC said Routh was charged with two counts of capital murder, and was being held on $3 million bond.

Kyle, who served in Iraq, was awarded two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, the Star-Telegram said.

He was credited with an astonishing 255 kills during his tours of Iraq and Afghanistan, with one sniper shot having hit its mark from 1.2 miles away.

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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