Former Navy SEAL and author of the best-selling book “American Sniper” Chris Kyle was one of two men murdered Saturday afternoon at a gun range in Erath County, Texas.
According to a local ABC affiliate, Kyle, 38, and Chad Littlefield, 35, were at a gun range in Rough Creek Lodge, located 53 miles southwest of Fort Worth, when a man they were with turned a gun on them and opened fire. Both men were shot at point-blank range. The incident occurred around 3:30 pm and their bodies were discovered two hours later.
Littlefield is reported as Kyle’s friend and neighbor.
The third man and suspected shooter is 25-year-old Eddie Routh, a Marine veteran who is said to suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.
Kyle helped found FITCO Cares Foundation, an organization that helps treat veterans with PTSD and that’s what they were said to be doing at the range that day.
After the shooting, Routh left the scene in Kyle’s Ford pickup truck and police traced him to his house in Lancaster, which is south of Dallas.
Routh was arrested at 9 pm Saturday, after a brief chase. The New York Times reported that he was transferred to Erath County early Sunday morning and will face two counts of capital murder. The motive is unclear at this time.
Kyle is credited with more than 150 confirmed kills during his military service, which includes four tours in Iraq. And one of his last interviews was with Guns.com.
The investigation involves multiple agencies, including the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Erath County Sheriff’s Department, Stephenville Police Department, Lancaster Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, the Erath County District Attorney and the Texas Rangers.