Skip to comments.Chris Kyle, record-holding sniper as Navy SEAL, killed in double slaying at Erath County gun range
Posted on 02/03/2013 5:30:27 AM PST by JoeProBono
Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL who was the U.S. militarys deadliest sharpshooter and wrote the best-selling book American Sniper, was fatally shot Saturday in a double slaying at an Erath County gun range, the U.S. Marshals Service said. Late Saturday, Lancaster police said they had arrested a man they say matched the description of a gunman wanted in the slayings.
After a brief chase, officers arrested 25-year-old Eddie Ray Routh, said Lt. Kelly Hooten, a department spokesman. Kyle was at a charity event at the gun range at Rough Creek Lodge and Resort on behalf of his Dallas-based security firm Craft International, said Hudson Hartson, a childhood friend of Kyles. Craft International often hosted law-enforcement training events at the location, which is near Glen Rose, about 50 miles southwest of Fort Worth. Investigators said that Routh, a former Marine who sources said is believed to suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome, shot Kyle and the second victim at point-blank range.
No information was available on the second victim late Saturday. 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.
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Trophy killing? Most lethal sniper in the History of the US and a famous SEAL, at that.
Looks like a driver’s license photo. Troubling eyes.
Here’s another photo that was posted on the original thread yesterday...
He forgot the (other) Golden Rule, Be professional and courteous with everyone you meet and have a plan to kill them, if necessary.
Registered democrate, might he be?
It is time for public hangings to return.
Saw one report that they were both shot in the back. Another that the neighbor guy was shot 1st and Kyle went to help him.
Certainly doesn’t seem they were cautious enough when they decided to hand a gun to a guy who has PTSD.
Kyle has a large bounty on his head form several groups I suspect. I suspected ROP at first.
In all, he was awarded two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.
I dont care about the medals, Kyle told the Star-Telegram in a 2012 interview. I didnt do it for the money or the awards. I did it because I felt like it was something that needed to be done and it was honorable. I loved the guys.
A member of SEAL Team 3, Kyle picked off his targets from rooftops or windows of abandoned buildings during the 2003 war against Iraq, which toppled the Saddam Hussein regime. Primarily serving as a sniper and wounded twice, he provided overwatch protection for Marines and other U.S. troops and earned a reputation for his proficiency.
Most shots ranged from 200 to 1,200 yards. His longest, most remarkable kill from 1.2 miles away took out an insurgent aiming a rocket launcher at an approaching Army convoy.
Ease up on those hammers. The great odds are that this is a real PTSD mental illness deal.
I suspect the shooter went “temporarily insane”, shot the two men, and fled in his pickup. According to the stories, he offered no resistance to the police. He may or may not have even realized what he did. Just thought he was pulled over for some traffic violation.
To start with, he needs to have his head candled by a very competent psychiatrist, if for no other reason than to find out “how bad is ‘bad’?” This will not be easy, because often after a blow up like this the person will revert to normal behavior, even more normal than usual. But it is just a mask.
He has likely been such a severe case that he is showing physical, not just psychological, symptoms.
What is happening in todays military?
The men who returned from WW2 did not have the problems these guys are having.
Was it because they were allowed to fight back and not hampered with Rules of Engagement?
They fought to win. Is that the problem> We have’t really fought to win since WW2.
There were indeed people with PTSD after WW2. Many who were unable to function in society for years...even a few who snapped and killed people. I think the difference is that it wasn’t an “unpopular war” in people’s minds, so the media didn’t make a big deal out of it...and when veterans did snap and kill people it was treated as local news, without the if-it-bleeds-it-leads sensationalism we’ve been seeing since Vietnam.
I suppose you are right.
Actually, after WWII, the press put out lots of horror stories about returning veterans “who have been trained to rape and kill”. Seriously. The truth was that the vast majority had years of ‘chaste’ stored up.
In any event, the veterans as a group had some huge priorities. First they wanted a college education and a good job. Then somewhere in there they wanted to get married and have kids. The war was over, and there was no time to fret about being a civilian again.
At the time, a lot of universities were still gender segregated, and all mixed gender activities had to have a faculty chaperone. In many places students could not even own a car or live off campus.
The response of the veterans to this was “Hell no!”, and they changed these schools overnight, being particularly persuasive individuals.
(I heard one account of a Dean of Women at a prominent college, who was horrified at the prospect of veterans “raping” her “ladies”, who in truth were as desperate as the veterans to do “a little raping” themselves. Or maybe a whole lot of raping, and marriage, and kids.)
In any event, for years thereafter there was the occasional story of some veteran who went nuts, though I might add, at a statistically *lower* frequency than civilians as a whole.
Odd number of notable gun people starting to end up dead under odd circumstances.
For an honorable mention to that list, Massad Ayoob survived a fluke helicopter crash last week.
Didn’t Eleanor Roosevelt write a magazine article calling for returning vets to be placed on an island in the pacific for six months or so before coming home, so as to be able to assimilate back into society? She felt that the brutality of the war and what they had experienced made it unsafe for them to return too soon after the fighting ended.
The jackels are already out, they have no shame ,no honor, no respect.http://twitchy.com/2013/02/03/twisted-ghouls-descend-on-murder-victim-chris-kyle/
Ok, I am not one to buy into conspiracy theories, but this just stinks to high heaven. I am getting real worried about the many so called coincidentally timed shootings around America as of late.
I cannot be the only one who has been keeping my guns cleaned, ready and my powder dry.
RIP. Horrible to lose someone like this.
It’s not a conspiracy though. Everything that goes wrong nowadays does not equal conspiracy. There is evil in the world.