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Former Navy SEAL & ‘American Sniper’ Author Chris Kyle Reportedly Killed at TX Lodge

Posted by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 11:32 PM
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Former Navy SEAL & ‘American Sniper’ Author Chris Kyle Reportedly Killed at TX Lodge

Americas Deadliest Sniper Chris Kyle Reportedly Killed at Rough Creek Shooting Lodge in Dallas

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Navy SEAL and bestselling author of the book “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History” Chris Kyle was killed at the Rough Creek Lodge in Texas Saturday, NBC DFW reports.

WFAA adds:

Two people were killed Saturday at a gun range in Erath County. Three sources tell News 8 that one of the victims was Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL and author of the New York Times bestselling book, “American Sniper.”

Kyle was shot point-blank while helping another soldier who is recovering from post traumatic stress syndrome, News 8 learned.

An alert was issued for the suspect, who was reportedly captured in Lancaster, south of Dallas. The suspect was believed to be highly trained with military experience.

The shooting location is 53 miles southwest of Fort Worth.  [Emphasis added]

Lancaster police confirmed that the suspect Eddie Ray Routh was arrested Saturday night and was wanted for murder, NBC DFW reports.  The spokesman for Lancaster police said officers flagged Routh and took him into custody at Interstate 35 and Camp Wisdom Road after a brief chase.

According to KHOU, officials said the second victim was Routh’s neighbor and that all three lived in Midlothian, Texas.

Americas Deadliest Sniper Chris Kyle Reportedly Killed at Rough Creek Shooting Lodge in Dallas

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Blaze Front Page Editor Jon Seidl spent time on the same ranch this fall and describes it as a sprawling, secluded area “in the middle of nowhere.”  He recalls there being several shooting stations.  It is also the host site in December’s for the annual Spartan adventure race.

The website’s description reads:

No matter what your individual style, Rough Creek Lodge and Resort is a “have-it-all” place for our “want-it-all” guests.

Rough Creek Lodge , Resort and Dallas Conference Center is nestled on 11,000 acres in the foothills of the picturesque Texas Hill Country. Located 90 minutes southwest of Dallas Fort Worth, Texas, our exquisite grounds boast 57 stylish guestrooms and suites, 4 exclusive cabins, and 2 opulent guest houses. Our Dallas lodging is finely decorated with sophisticated fabric, furniture and artwork to create a feel of rustic elegance for our guests.

Americas Deadliest Sniper Chris Kyle Reportedly Killed at Rough Creek Shooting Lodge in Dallas

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Kyle was well-known both in his field and by the media, earning the nickname of “the devil of Ramadi” by insurgents, and “America’s deadliest sniper” at home.

You may remember the time he punched former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura in the face.

Kyle served four tours of duty in Iraq and had 160 kills as a Navy SEAL, NBC DFW reports.  He is married and the father of two.

He also weighed in on the gun control debate currently rocking the nation for SHOT Show 2013:


Jack Murphy at the Special Operations Forces Situation Report (SOFREP) wrote this moving note Saturday night:

Americas Deadliest Sniper Chris Kyle Reportedly Killed at Rough Creek Shooting Lodge in Dallas

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This is a breaking news story. Updates will be added.

by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 11:32 PM
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pj2becca21
by Member on Feb. 3, 2013 at 2:15 AM
1 mom liked this

crying this is sad 

imamomzilla
by Silver Member on Feb. 3, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Tragic. :(

atlmom2
by Susie on Feb. 3, 2013 at 10:07 AM
Very sad. Glad the suspect is in custody.
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