MOSCOW, February 3 (RIA Novosti) – Former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who is known as America’s deadliest sniper, has been shot dead at a Texas gun range, local media reported on Sunday.
Kyle, 38, the author of the bestselling memoir "American Sniper," detailing his 150-plus s, was shot in the back during a charity event in Glen Rose, on Saturday, the Texas Department of Public Safety said.
Eyewitnesses said the attacker fired at Kyle and Chad Littlefield, 35, killing both before fleeing in a pickup truck.
The 25-year-old suspect Eddie Ray Routh was arrested in Lancaster, Texas, five hours after a police chase. The motives for the attack remain unclear.
Routh, a former Marine and Iraqi War veteran, was suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome, media said.
Kyle, an outspoken advocate for war veterans, recorded in his book “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History” more than 150 sniper kills from 1999 to 2009. The book was released last year.
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