Chris Kyle shot by a gunman at a Texas gun range yesterday according to NBC News reports from this morning. Chris Kyle, author of 'American Sniper,' earned the nickname "Devil of Ramadi," by insurgents who put a bounty on his head during the battles in Ramadi and Fallujah.
Sources say Eddie Ray Routh of Lancaster, Texas entered the gun range at Rough Creek Lodge on Saturday afternoon, and opened fire on Kyle, 38, and another man, Chad Littlefield, 35. Both victims died in the shooting, and Routh fled but was later apprehended.
In a statement about the shooting, Highway Patrol spokesman Lonny Haschel said it is believed Routh shot the victims at around 3:30 p.m., before leaving the shooting range to return to his home. So far motive for the shooting is unknown. Routh is 25-years-old and had military training.
"It just comes as a shock and it's staggering to think that after all Chris has been through, that this is how he meets his end, because there are so many ways he could have been killed" in Iraq, said Scott McEwen, who co-wrote "American Sniper."
After leaving the military in 2009, Chris Kyle founded Craft International, which provides military, law enforcement, and civilian training, as well as private security. He was married and had two children.