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Glen Rose, TX - Ex-SEAL/Author Fatally Shot On Gun Range

Published on: February 3, 2013 09:20 AM
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In this April 6, 2012, photo, former Navy SEAL and author of the book “American Sniper” poses in Midlothian, Texas. A Texas sheriff has told local newspapers that Kyle has been fatally shot along with another man on a gun range, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Paul Moseley)In this April 6, 2012, photo, former Navy SEAL and author of the book “American Sniper” poses in Midlothian, Texas. A Texas sheriff has told local newspapers that Kyle has been fatally shot along with another man on a gun range, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Paul Moseley)

Glen Rose, TX - Former Navy SEAL and “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle was fatally shot along with another man Saturday on a Texas gun range, a sheriff told local newspapers.

Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant said Kyle, 38, and a second man were found dead at Rough Creek Lodge’s shooting range west of Glen Rose, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Stephenville Empire-Tribune. Glen Rose is about 50 miles southwest of Fort Worth.

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Bryant did not immediately return phone calls to The Associated Press seeking comment late Saturday and early Sunday. A woman who answered the phone at the lodge where the shooting occurred declined comment and referred calls to the sheriff’s office.

Investigators did not immediately release the name of the second victim, according to the newspapers.

Witnesses told sheriff’s investigators that a gunman opened fire on the men around 3:30 p.m. Saturday, then fled in a pickup truck belonging to one of the victims, according to the Star-Telegram. The newspapers said a 25-year-old man was later taken into custody in Lancaster, southeast of Dallas, and that charges were expected.

Lancaster police did not immediately return calls for comment.

The motive for the shooting was unclear.

Kyle wrote the best-selling book, “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History,” detailing his 150-plus kills of insurgents from 1999 to 2009.

Kyle was sued by former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura over a portion of the book that claims Kyle punched Ventura in a 2006 bar fight over unpatriotic remarks. Ventura says the punch never happened and that the claim by Kyle defamed him.

Kyle had asked that Ventura’s claims of invasion of privacy and “unjust enrichment” be dismissed, saying there was no legal basis for them. But a federal judge said the lawsuit should proceed. Both sides were told to be ready for trial by Aug. 1.


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 Feb 03, 2013 at 10:03 AM Chaim Says:

BD"E a hero gone

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 Feb 03, 2013 at 11:51 AM Anonymous Says:

Sounds like something very sinister and not the work of a lone gunman.

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 Feb 03, 2013 at 12:18 PM ELEPHANT Says:

Ade atfeich

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 Feb 03, 2013 at 12:38 PM FinVeeNemtMenSeichel Says:

Reply to #3  
ELEPHANT Says:

Ade atfeich

You awake with a start, cold sweat running down your spine as your heart pounds like a drummer at a frenzied African ritual dance. You hear it again: "Tatty!!!" followed by a "Shut up and do as I say and you won't get hurt!" coming from your daughter's bedroom. You reach for the AR-15 you know you're not supposed to have but after the horror stories you've heard from your neighbors you just didn't care anymore. You race to your teenager's room, hellbent on accomplishing the mission that is your only focus. You kick open the door, and there is that piece of human debris attempting to get your child to comply with his unspeakable intention. She is fighting valiantly for her life and dignity, despite knowing nothing but sheer terror. You have a clear shot at the scumbag. So Mr. "Ade Atfeich" - finish the story for us.

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 Feb 03, 2013 at 07:51 PM Norden Says:

Reply to #4  
FinVeeNemtMenSeichel Says:

You awake with a start, cold sweat running down your spine as your heart pounds like a drummer at a frenzied African ritual dance. You hear it again: "Tatty!!!" followed by a "Shut up and do as I say and you won't get hurt!" coming from your daughter's bedroom. You reach for the AR-15 you know you're not supposed to have but after the horror stories you've heard from your neighbors you just didn't care anymore. You race to your teenager's room, hellbent on accomplishing the mission that is your only focus. You kick open the door, and there is that piece of human debris attempting to get your child to comply with his unspeakable intention. She is fighting valiantly for her life and dignity, despite knowing nothing but sheer terror. You have a clear shot at the scumbag. So Mr. "Ade Atfeich" - finish the story for us.

"So Mr. "Ade Atfeich" - finish the story for us."

It seems patently clear that you, Mrs FinVeeNemtMenSeichel #4, have a vivid and extremely fertile imagination of your own. We think that you are more than capable of completing your own fairy tales.

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 Feb 03, 2013 at 09:45 PM FinVeeNemtMenSeichel Says:

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Norden Says:

"So Mr. "Ade Atfeich" - finish the story for us."

It seems patently clear that you, Mrs FinVeeNemtMenSeichel #4, have a vivid and extremely fertile imagination of your own. We think that you are more than capable of completing your own fairy tales.

I don't know if you are throwing a political punch or are 11 years old so I won't get too involved in my response to your diamonds. I'm trying to understand the point of #3's comment, which I suspect is that everyone who uses a gun has the same motive/moral fiber.

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