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Ex-SEAL "American Sniper" author fatally shot at gun range
Two killed when gunman opened fire at gun range
11:13 AM, Feb 3, 2013
11:28 AM, Feb 3, 2013
GLEN ROSE, Texas (AP) -
A 25-year-old man has been charged with murder in the deaths of former Navy SEAL and "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and another man on a central Texas gun range, an official said Sunday.
Eddie Ray Routh, 25, of Lancaster, was arraigned Saturday on two counts of capital murder, Sgt. Lonny Haschel said in a news release. Police responded to the shooting at the Rough Creek Lodge at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday and found the bodies of Kyle, 38, and Chad Littlefield, 35, said Haschel.
Police said they believe Routh shot the two men at about 3:30 p.m. and fled. Routh was found at about 8 p.m. at his residence in Lancaster, police said.
Sheriff Tommy Bryant said Kyle and a second man were found dead at Rough Creek Lodge's shooting range, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Stephenville Empire-Tribune. The range is southwest of Fort Worth.
Bryant did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment late Saturday and early Sunday. A woman who answered the phone at the lodge where the shooting occurred declined comment and referred calls to the sheriff's office.
Investigators did not immediately release the name of the second victim, according to the newspapers.
Witnesses told sheriff's investigators that a gunman opened fire on the men around 3:30 p.m. Saturday, then fled in a pickup truck belonging to one of the victims, according to the Star-Telegram. The newspapers said a 25-year-old man was later taken into custody in Lancaster, southeast of Dallas, and that charges were expected.
Lancaster police did not immediately return calls for comment.
The motive for the shooting was unclear.
Kyle wrote the best-selling book, "American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History," detailing his 150-plus kills of insurgents from 1999 to 2009.
Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura sued Kyle 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.