Skip to comments.Former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle Killed at Shooting Range; Suspect Arrested
Posted on 02/03/2013 5:38:20 AM PST by KeyLargo
By DEAN SCHABNER Feb. 3, 2013
A man is under arrest in connection with the killing of two men at an Erath County, Texas, gun range, police said.
One of the victims is former Navy SEAL and "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle.
"We have lost more than we can replace. Chris was a patriot, a great father, and a true supporter of this country and its ideals. This is a tragedy for all of us. I send my deepest prayers and thoughts to his wife and two children," "American Sniper" co-author Scott McEwen said in a statement to ABC News.
ABC affiliate WFAA-TV in Dallas reported that Kyle and a neighbor of his were shot while helping a soldier who is recovering from post traumatic stress syndrome at a gun range in Glen Rose.
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Investigators believe Routh, a former Marine, turned his weapon on Kyle and the second victim before fleeing the scene.
Update: Some more information:
The motive of the shooting remained unclear, Bryant said. "Not a clue; absolutely no idea."
WFAA/Channel 8 quoted unnamed sources as saying that Kyle of Midlothian and a neighbor had taken Routh on an outing to help him deal with post-traumatic stress disorder. Routh turned on the men and shot them in the back, the report added.
Kyle is also famous for knocking loudmouth Jessie Ventura on his ass in a bar in front of a number of witnesses, although Venutra later denied it.
The gun range of Rough Creek Lodge is located about 77 miles southwest of Fort Worth.
Think Lee Harvey Oswald.
Time for the return of public hangings.
“Kyle is also famous for knocking loudmouth Jessie Ventura on his ass in a bar in front of a number of witnesses, although Venutra later denied it.”
“... the SEALs were in the bar to mourn the loss of team member. They had gathered with the family of Medal of Honor recipient Mike Mansoor when Ventura made it known to many that he did not agree with the war. Kyle claims that he approached the former governor, and asked him to keep it down, informing Jesse that the family of the deceased was also with them.
Thats when Ventura unleashed more of his insensitive comments and Kyle reportedly countered with a one-punch knockdown.
Earlier this week, The Blaze featured a story about Chris Kyle and his autobiography that explains his amazing prowess with a rifle. We know now that Chris is also accurate with his fists and at close range.
Heres the interview from the Opie and Anthony show on Wednesday. Chris Kyle explained the encounter with Jesse the Body Ventura.
(Content warning, this video contains what the Navy might call salty language:)
In all, he was awarded two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.
“I don’t care about the medals,” Kyle told the Star-Telegram in a 2012 interview. “I didn’t 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.
This assasination smells of conspiriacy. Think about this when/if a resistance by “the people” comes. Would you want the best snipers on your side or agains’t you? Getting rid of a complete navy Seal team, yet another good patriot and all our strongest military leaders only supports what I think is being done. Remove the most serious resistance BEFORE they turn on you.
★Tamara Jolee★ @TamaraJoleeTV - Here is a pic of Chris Kyle and his wife Taya. They have 2 children. Other victim Chad is married to my friend Leanne
I’m assuming the following ready for trial on Aug. 1 means 2013 and not some year in the past....
Kyle was sued by former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura over a portion of the book that claims Kyle punched Ventura in a 2006 bar fight over unpatriotic remarks. Ventura says the punch never happened and that the claim by Kyle defamed him.
Kyle had asked that Ventura’s claims of invasion of privacy and “unjust enrichment” be dismissed, saying there was no legal basis for them. But a federal judge said the lawsuit should proceed. Both sides were told to be ready for trial by Aug. 1.
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Gabrielle Giffords, the “surprise witness” at the January 30 Senate hearing on gun violence, was among thirteen people attacked by a deranged gunman in the parking lot of a Safeway in Tucson two years ago. Vanessa Guerena, another Tucson resident whose husband was murdered in an act of gun-related criminal violence in their living room about four months later, was not given an opportunity to address the Senate panel. Thats because her husbands killers who remain at large committed that crime under the color of state “authority.”
Guerena, a former Marine and Iraq combat veteran, was gunned down by a Pima County SWAT team who committed an illegal home invasion on the basis of a spurious search warrant. When the invaders arrived, Jose was asleep after finishing a graveyard shift at a local copper mine. Its difficult to believe that the 26-year-old father of two would be working the graveyard shift if he had been at the center of a large marijuana smuggling operation, as the Pima County Sheriffs Office later claimed on the basis of unalloyed speculation. ..
“After being shaken awake by his terrified wife, Jose grabbed a legally-acquired AR-15 rifle and told his wife and their four-year-old son, Jose, Jr., to hide in a closet while he confronted the unidentified intruders.
Within seconds of forcing their way into the home, the raiders who were armed with high-capacity “assault weapons” of the kind that would be banned for civilian use if Obama, Biden, Feinstein and their ilk prevail had flung 71 rounds at Guerena. In keeping with established custom, the uniformed murderers lied by claiming that their victim had fired the first shot after growling a cinematic imprecation at the SWAT team. It was later established that Jose didnt even disengage the safety on his rifle. He was hit with twenty-two rounds. “
It certainly looks that way. However, connecting the dots is going to be extremely difficult. This, I believe, is not because the Obama administration is that clever. I think it is the powere behind obama and not the Soros types, but something on the order of a Frank Peretti novel.
Amen to that. CPO Kyle was unique and very few can even walk in his footsteps. I am truly saddened.
This is sad news indeed. RIP Chris. May the Lord comfort his family. Watched him on “Stars Earn Stripes” last year. He was paired with Dean Cain.
I should have put my post in quote marks. I’m just posting info from the internet.
You’re right about it being a sad day. Horrible and tragic.
Another psychotropic killing?
Chris was a close friend of my husband and I. I can’t bring myself to read the articles nor watch the news. It was an absolutely unreal phone call when we got the news. If ANY Freeper finds out any information about this dirtbag, please send it my way!
Back in February, Kyle filed a petition to have the case moved to U.S. District Court in St. Paul. Ventura considered dropping the case but after being contacted by several prominent former US Navy Seals, was ordered to go ahead with the lawsuit after Kyle failed to agree to a settlement that would have seen him admit to lying and pay attorney fees.
One of those ex-SEALs is Venturas former instructor, the widely respected Terry Mother Moy, owner of the bar where the incident is alleged to have occurred.
After investigating the incident, Moy and his fellow SEALs confirmed that the event never took place and that Kyle had invented it to generate publicity for his book.
Chris was a close friend of my husband and I. I cant bring myself to read the articles nor watch the news. It was an absolutely unreal phone call when we got the news. If ANY Freeper finds out any information about this dirtbag, please send it my way!
I'm sorry for your loss and after the grief I hope that you all find peace in the good things that Chris was doing. May God Bless....
Thank you for the kind words. He was such a wonderful guy. Down to earth, loved his family and our country. I keep trying to keep myself from dwelling on vengance. He did not deserve to die by the hand of a coward.
Yes, the lunatic excuse is wearing thin. The Muslims perfected the technique of weaponizing lunatics 1,000 years ago. That lesson was taken to heart by politicians. There have been too many instances of lunatics committing acts that benefit someone in power. With this assassination the regime not only eliminates a possible future threat but adds another justification for disarming the citizenry.
You may have a valid point there.
We are shocked beyond belief.
He saved so many of our own troops lives and the lives of our allies with his abilities.
Then he came home to help organize a non-profit FITCO Cares, which provides at-home fitness equipment for emotionally and physically wounded veterans.
We’ve seen him on shows to raise money for wounded troops. He never stopped. He loved our troops. This is a real heart breaker. He was truly humble.
Only wanting to help those who hadn’t “come home” all the way yet.
Shooting is a good way to help people get past tank fire and gun fire going off in your head. I remember people “hitting the deck”, from fourth of July fire works going off.
God Bless Chris and I believe a fellow Veteran who was assisting him in this endeavor. Bless both their families who served as well.
He will be sorely missed.
I haven’t posted in years, due being a disabled Vet.
Chris brought me back to the Forum, as well as the other half of my family who served. We both loved our brother.
Salute Chris, you are an example for all, including our nations youth to look up too.
We always thank the troops and their families. I wish we had been given the chance to thank you in person. We will do it in our prayers tonight.
You protected many a families son, husband, brother, grandson, cousin and friend. He’s our nations hero.
We will truly miss having this man bless this planet. We were a better place for his presence.
New King James Version (NKJV)
13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down ones life for his friends.
Back shot by a Marine (allegedly with PTSD) he was trying to help.
He must have believed he was among brothers, nothing to fear. Gun grabbers who try to exploit this are beneath contempt.
“Eddie Ray Routh of Lancaster was arraigned early Sunday in Saturday’s deaths of Kyle, 38, and Chad Littlefield, 35, at a shooting range at Rough Creek Lodge, about 50 miles southwest of Ft. Worth. Routh was being held on one charge of capital murder and two charges of murder.
Capt. Jason Upshaw with the Erath County Sheriff’s Office said Routh used a semiautomatic handgun, which authorities later found at his home. Upshaw said ballistics tests weren’t complete Sunday, but authorities said they think the gun was used in the shootings. Upshaw declined to give any more details about the gun.