Decorated U.S. Navy SEAL sniper and author Chris Kyle was one of two men shot and killed Saturday at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas.
“Kyle, a Texas native who grew up hunting, served four tours in Iraq with Navy SEAL Team 3. His shooting during battles in Ramadi and Fallujah became legendary, and insurgents nicknamed him the “Devil of Ramadi” and put a bounty on his head,” NBC News reported.
The cover of Kyle’s 2012 New York Times Bestselling autobiography, “American Sniper,” described him as “the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history,” according to Houston’s KHOU News, a CBS affiliate.
Kyle was at the range Saturday afternoon attending a charity event for a former soldier friend who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. KHOU reported Kyle and another man were fatally shot at “point-blank” range.
Police immediately issued an alert for the gunman, who fled the scene in a pickup truck. Officials later captured and arrested the suspect, former Marine Eddie Routh, south of Dallas. According to the KHOU report, police said Routh, who they believed was “highly trained with military experience,” was a neighbor of the second victim.
Kyle was president of Craft International, a company that “provides training to military and law enforcement,” the KHOU article said. He recently appeared on “Stars Earn Stripes,” an NBC reality TV show where military and law enforcement officers led celebrities through various challenges benefiting charity.
Kyle, 39, is survived by his wife and two children.