Ex-Navy Seal Chris Kyle, author of ‘American Sniper,’ and a neighbor of his were shot point-blank by another veteran
dailymail.co.uk / By Hayley Peterson / PUBLISHED: 01:29 EST, 3 February 2013 | UPDATED: 02:13 EST, 3 February 2013
A former Navy Seal, expert sniper and best-selling author was reportedly gunned down at a Texas shooting range Saturday by a veteran who is recovering from post-traumatic stress syndrome.
Ex-Navy Seal Chris Kyle, 39, and another man were shot point-blank around 3:30 p.m. at a charity event on behalf of Kyle’s security firm at the gun range at Rough Creek Lodge and Resort in Erath County.
The suspect, 25-year-old Eddie Ray Routh, was arrested roughly five hours later in Lancaster, Texas after a police chase. He was driving Kyle’s truck at the time of the arrest, police said.
Investigators told ABC affiliate WFAA-TV that Routh is a former Marine who was suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome.
Kyle, a husband and father of two, authored the New York Times best-seller ‘American Sniper,’ which chronicled his four tours in Iraq. The book hit shelves last month.
He recorded more than 150 sniper kills – the most in U.S. military history – between 1999 and 2009.