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tk13 02-02-2013 10:36 PM

America's Best Sniper killed at TX Gun Range


Sniper Chris Kyle killed in Erath County Saturday, man arrested in his, another's slaying
9:35 pm on February 2, 2013 | Permalink

Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL and author of the best-selling book American Sniper, and a second person were shot and killed Saturday at a gun range in Erath County, U.S. Marshals said.

Late Saturday, Lancaster police arrested a man who they say matched the description of a man wanted in connection with the slayings. After a brief chase, officers arrested 25-year-old Eddie Ray Routh, according to Lancaster police spokesperson Kelly Hooten.

Reporting on the shootings, the Stephenville Empire-Tribune said Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant would not discuss the victims. But the newspaper said that a source working at Rough Creek Lodge, which has a gun range at which the newspaper reported the slayings occurred, confirmed that one of the victims was Kyle.

WFAA-TV (Channel 8) reported that Kyle was shot point-blank while helping another soldier who is recovering from post traumatic stress syndrome.

Erath County officials had issued an alert for authorities to be on the lookout for the gunman, who was believed to be armed and dangerous and driving a black Ford F-350 truck with large tires and rims.

The suspect was believed to be highly trained with military experience. The shooting location is 53 miles southwest of Fort Worth, according to WFAA.

Kyle grew up in Texas and spent much of his time riding horses and participating on the school rodeo team. His life quickly changed when he decided to go into the military and became a Navy SEAL. He deployed four times to Iraq. Kyle held the record for number of kills by an American sniper. The Pentagon has confirmed more than 150 of his kills. The previous record was 109. For his service, Kyle was awarded two Silver Stars and five Bronze Stars with Valor. His autobiography, American Sniper, was released last year.

tk13 02-02-2013 10:38 PM


'The Devil of Ramadi' named America's deadliest sniper
A Navy Seal sniper has been named America's deadliest marksman after racking up 160 kills during the Iraq War.

By Raf Sanchez, Washington 6:16PM GMT 03 Jan 2012

Chris Kyle, 37, blew away the previous US record of 109 kills, set by an Army rifleman during the Vietnam War.

In a new book, Mr Kyle recalls how his first kill from long range was a woman approaching a group of US Marines with a grenade in her hand. When ordered, he opened fire, killing the woman before she could attack his comrades.

Over four tours in Iraq, he built a ferocious reputation. To the insurgents who hid from his deadly scope, he was known as 'Al-Shaitan Ramad', or the Devil of Ramadi. They reportedly offered a $20,000 (12,800) reward to anyone who could kill or capture him. Fellow Navy Seals referred to him simply as "The Legend".

Mr Kyle's most famous shot came outside the Shia district of Sadr City in Baghdad in 2008. From over a mile away he spotted an insurgent pointing a rocket launcher at an approaching Army convoy. He fired at a distance of 2,100 yards. "God blew that bullet and hit him," Mr Kyle told the New York Post.

As Marines and insurgents grappled in ferocious street fighting during the Second Battle of Fallujah, Mr Kyle reportedly killed 40 people - many while lying on an overturned crib in an abandoned apartment.

DaneMcCloud 02-02-2013 10:40 PM

If only he had been armed...


boogblaster 02-02-2013 11:38 PM

shoulda been deployed still . killin muslims .....

Phobia 02-02-2013 11:44 PM

Very sad. Survived 4 tours in Iraq and gets kilt in a place he felt safe.

'Hamas' Jenkins 02-02-2013 11:45 PM


Originally Posted by boogblaster (Post 9373713)
shoulda been deployed still . killin muslims .....

Wow, only three replies until a lethal dose of dumb****ery.

DaFace 02-02-2013 11:46 PM


Originally Posted by DaneMcCloud (Post 9373649)
If only he had been armed...


Beat me to it. :)

big nasty kcnut 02-03-2013 03:23 AM

**** RIP he was a good man who killed enough terrorists that chuck norris was like whoa he's a bad ass.

wheeler08 02-03-2013 05:29 AM

Wow this is sad. I read his book and it was very good. He was a good man that had went thru a lot with his decision to chose country over family. And he finally retired and wanted to open a retreat like program for disabled veterans in Texas.

R8RFAN 02-03-2013 06:00 AM

RIP American Hero

CoMoChief 02-03-2013 07:02 AM


Originally Posted by big nasty kcnut (Post 9373925)
**** RIP he was a good man who killed enough terrorists that chuck norris was like whoa he's a bad ass.

Sorry but this is completely false.

loochy 02-03-2013 07:54 AM


Originally Posted by CoMoChief (Post 9373957)
Sorry but this is completely false.

150 isn't enough?

GloryDayz 02-03-2013 08:16 AM

RIP bro...

CoMoChief 02-03-2013 08:24 AM


Originally Posted by loochy (Post 9373999)
150 isn't enough?

150,000 isn't enough according to Norris' standards.

Boise_Chief 02-03-2013 08:31 AM

Rip would have. Been a different story if he had seen him coming.

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