Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL and a real American hero, was shot in the back and killed along with another man while at an outing helping soldiers who are suffering from PTSD. Kyle’s killer was one of the soldiers that he was at the outing to support, according to the Inquisitr on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013.
The police found the 25-year-old shooting suspect at home and police were able to take him into custody after a brief chase. Eddie Ray Routh, the suspected shooter, is a former Marine who suffers from PTSD.
Routh had gone to the outing and for reasons unknown he opened fire on 38-year-old Kyle and 35-year-old Chad Littlefield. Their bodies were found at the shooting range on the premises of where the outing was held at Rough Creek Lodge and Resort. The resort is located about 50 miles southwest of Fort Worth, Texas.
Routh then fled the outing in a Ford pickup truck, which was believed to be owned by one of the victims. He traveled about 17 miles to his home in Lancaster. When police arrived at his home, Routh fled, but after a brief pursuit the authorities had him in custody. He was charged with two counts of capitol murder at his arraignment on Saturday night. He has a combined bail of $3 million.
Kyle is also a best-selling author who penned the book, "American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History." That was Kyle, with 150 plus sniper kills to his credit between 1999 and 2009, he broke the previous record of 109 kills.
Kyle is also credited with saving scores of his fellow soldier’s lives. He did four tours of duty in Iraq and while there he was shot twice. Kyle help founded FITCO Cares, a non-profit group that works with soldiers coming home with PTSD. He was at the outing, where he was fatally shot, representing his non profit organization.
Travis Cox, the director of FITCO Cares, said that “Chris died doing what filled his heart with passion, serving soldiers struggling with the fight to overcome PTSD.”
Routh’s motive for gunning down Kyle and the other man is not known today. He shot both men at close range. Kyle’s friends and family are mourning his death today.