Former, celebrated Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, along with his neighbor, Chad Littlefield, has been fatally shot at a shooting range in Texas, police have said. An individual named Eddie Routh, 25, has been arrested in connection with the shootings of the two men. He was picked up by police in Lancaster, Texas, after a short-lived police chase. It is interesting to note that Routh was driving Chris Kyle’s truck when he was arrested. Currently, Routh is awaiting a transfer to Texas Rangers. According to investigators, Routh is a former Marine and is possibly suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Kyle was also the author of the bestselling book, "American Sniper", which is a tale of his time in the military from 1999 to 2009. Scott McEwen co-wrote the book with Kyle and said that it was shocking to see Kyle‘s life coming to an end in such a manner after all he had been through on his tours.
The shooting range is located near Glen Rose, Texas, and lies only 50 miles southwest of Fort Worth.
Chris Kyle had toured Iraq four times. He was the recipient of two Silver Stars and five Bronze Stars, which were awarded to him for bravery. He founded Craft International after his 10-year stint at the Navy. Craft International specializes in providing weapons and combat training to military, police, corporate and civilian clients.
Kyle had also penned another book titled "American Gun - A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms", which is expected to be released in May. For this book, he fired 10 weapons, also including the Spencer repeating rifle from the Civil War, the Colt .45 of Old West fame and the Thompson sub-machine that was the weapon of choice for law enforcement officers and gangsters in the 1920s, and discusses their roles in U.S. history in his book. In his Navy career, Kyle shot more than 150 militants with his sniper rifle from 1999 to 2009. This is the most in U.S. military history.