A great American hero was murdered Saturday afternoon while target shooting at a gun range in near Glen Rose, Texas, southeast of Fort Worth. Witnesses report that Eddie Ray Routh, a former Marine suffering from PTSD, opened fire on Chris Kyle, 38, and a friend, Chad Littlefield killing both. He then fled in a pick-up truck belonging to one of the victims. Police were able to apprehend the shooter just southeast of Dallas and charges are pending. No motive is yet evident.
Chris Kyle wrote a book entitled, “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History,” which related his account of his navy career and his 150 kills over the course of four tours in Iraq. Also in the autobiography is an account of a bar fight he says he had with former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, also a former Navy Seal, in which he says he punched Ventura for making “unpatriotic remarks” about the Navy Seals. Ventura sued the hero/author for “invasion of privacy” and “unjust enrichment” claiming the event never occurred. The trial was set to begin on Aug. 1 of this year. Kyle recently starred in a TV reality series titled, “Stars Earn Stripes” last year.