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.
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