Published on Jan 20, 2013
http://www.guns.com/2013/02/03/chris-kyle-one-of-his-last-interviews/ - Guns.com interviews the most lethal sniper in the U.S. military history Chris Kyle at SHOT Show 2013. Kyle is a former Navy SEAL, best selling author and now TV show host, and is the president of a combat and tactical training company called Craft International. For more information check out http://www.guns.com
So sad and tragic we lost such a great American hero and advocate for our Constitution. Heard today they found their bodies three hours after they were shot....why did it take so long before someone found them?? I also read a headline that said they were shot in his truck and then the suspect took off in it and drove back to his house where he was apprehended. Seems odd to me...hope it wasn't planned out....I'm not big on conspiracy theories but there are some who already think something doesn't sound right.
According to friends Routh suffered PTSD and fled to his sisters house where an automatic handgun was found at his home.
I don't understand the concept of taking someone who suffers from PTSD to a shooting range, especially if they are as fragile/ready to crack as this guy was??
Update at 9:30 p.m. by Dallas News Sarah Mervosh:
Police say Eddie Ray Routh, the 25-year-old suspect in the murder of Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield, was tasered after becoming aggressive with jailers around dinnertime Sunday.
After eating dinner, Routh refused to return his food tray to jailers. He became aggressive and tried to attack them when they tried to get it back from him, said Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant.
Jailers tasered Routh and placed him in a restraining chair in his solitary cell. He is on suicide watch, Bryant said.
Bryant also said there have been death threats made against Routh since news of his alleged actions spread.
Reuters-According to a posting on a website run by members of the Special Operations Forces community, Kyle had been volunteering his time to help Marine Corps veterans suffering from PTSD and mentoring them.
"Part of this process involved taking these veterans to the range," said the posting on SOFREP.com.
WFAA-TV in Dallas-Fort Worth reported that the two men had taken Routh to the shooting range for the day to help him deal with his PTSD.
Police: Veteran, 25, used semi-automatic handgun to kill former Navy SEAL and 'American Sniper' author Chris Kyle and his friend - @AP
Reuters-Capt. Jason Upshaw with the Erath County Sheriff's Office said Routh used a semi-automatic handgun, which authorities later found at his home. Upshaw declined to give any more details about the type of gun used.
Routh has not made any comments indicating what his motive may have been, Upshaw said. Sheriff Tommy Bryant said Routh was unemployed and "may have been suffering from some type of mental illness from being in the military himself," but he didn't know if Routh was on any medication.
"I don't know that we'll ever know. He's the only one that knows that," Upshaw said.
The U.S. military confirmed Sunday that Routh was a corporal in the Marines from June 2006 to January 2010. He was deployed to Iraq in 2007 and Haiti in 2010. His current duty status is listed as reserve.
Bryant said the trio went to the shooting range around 3:15 p.m. Saturday. Someone else came across the bodies of Kyle and Littlefield around 5 p.m. and called 911.
Upshaw said autopsies were still pending and he could not say how many times the men were shot or where on their bodies they were hit.
After the shootings, Routh left the shooting range in Kyle's black pickup truck, Bryant said, first going to his sister's home in Midlothian, where he told her and her husband what he had done. The couple called local police.
Routh arrived at his home in Lancaster, about 17 miles southeast of Dallas, at about 8 p.m. Police arrested him after a brief pursuit and took him to the Lancaster Police Department.
Travis Cox, the director of a nonprofit Kyle helped found, told the Associated Press on Sunday that Kyle and Littlefield had taken Routh to the range. Littlefield was Kyle's neighbor and "workout buddy," Cox said.
"What I know is Chris and a gentleman — great guy, I knew him well, Chad Littlefield — took a veteran out shooting who was struggling with PTSD to try to assist him, try to help him, try to, you know, give him a helping hand and he turned the gun on both of them, killing them," Cox said.
A knock on the door at Routh's last known address went unanswered Sunday. A for-sale sign was in front of the small, wood-framed home.
Kyle's nonprofit, FITCO Cares, provides at-home fitness equipment for emotionally and physically wounded veterans.
"Chris was literally the type of guy if you were a veteran and needed help he'd help you," Cox said. "And from my understanding that's what happened here. I don't know how he came in contact with this gentleman, but I do know that it was not through the foundation."
Cox described Littlefield as a gentle, kind-hearted man who often called or emailed him with ideas for events or fundraisers to help veterans.
"It was just two great guys with Chad and Chris trying to help out a veteran in need and making time out of their day to help him. And to give him a hand. And unfortunately this thing happened," Cox said.
Lt. Cmdr. Rorke Denver, who served with Kyle on SEAL Team 3 in Iraq in 2006, called Kyle a champion of the modern battlefield.
"Everybody was aware in 2006 that something special or something unique with his skill set was developing and starting to grow and then it just carried on until he hung up his guns, at least in an active military capacity, and moved on," Denver said. His book, "Damn Few," about training SEALs, will be released this month.
Denver wasn't surprised that Kyle apparently used a shooting range to help someone with PTSD.
"For us, for warriors, that's a skill set that has become very familiar, very comfortable for us," said Denver, a lieutenant commander in a reserve SEAL team. "So I actually see it as kind of a perfect use of Chris' unique skill set and expertise of which he has very few peers."
DallasNews.com Update at 2:18 p.m.: Officials say that Eddie Ray Routh, the suspect in the double murder of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield, fled the crime scene in Kyle’s Ford pickup truck.
At a press conference on Sunday afternoon, Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant said that Routh recounted how investigators believe the tragedy unfolded at a gun range. The three men arrived to Rough Creek Lodge and Resort around 3:15 pm. Kyle and Littlefield were found dead around 5 p.m.
Police were contacted by Routh’s sister and brother-in-law after Routh told them what he had done. When they arrived to Routh’s home in Lancaster to arrest him and saw Kyle’s pickup truck at the home, Routh tried to flee in the pickup. The brief pursuit ended in an arrest near Interstate 35 and Camp Wisdom Road around 8:34 p.m.
Routh is currently unemployed, Bryant said. He could not confirm whether Routh was on medication or was diagnosed with PTSD.
Routh’s mother, who is a teacher, may have contacted Kyle to “help her son,” Bryant said at the press conference. “We have an idea that that’s why they were at the range, for some kind of therapy that Mr. Kyle assists people with.”
Routh, 25, was arrested on two counts of murder and one count of capital murder, according to Lonny Haschel, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Routh, a former Marine and Iraqi War veteran, is believed to suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome. Investigators say that he shot Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield at point-blank range around 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Routh tried to flee police in his Ford pickup truck, but was arrested near his home in Lancaster after a brief pursuit, Haschel said.
The Stephenville Empire-Tribune is reporting that Routh is being held on a $3 million bond. According to their report, Routh was at the gun range to practice with Kyle and Littlefield when he turned the gun on them.
Officials have identified the second victim of a fatal shooting at Rough Creek Lodge and Resort in Erath County, which killed former Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle.
Chad Littlefield, 35, of Midlothian was identified as the other victim on early Sunday morning. Kyle, 38, and Littlefield were at the gun range on Saturday afternoon for charity event on behalf of Kyle’s Dallas-based security firm Craft International, when they were shot and killed.
Kyle was dedicated to helping veterans, especially those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. He helped found FITCO Cares Foundation, a non-profit organization that provided in-home fitness equipment to veterans with PTSD.
“Our foundation, FITCO Cares, this country and most importantly, his wife Taya and their children, lost a dedicated father and husband, a lifelong patriot and an American hero,” Travis Cox, director of the non-profit, wrote in a statement released on Sunday morning.
“Chris died doing what he filled his heart with passion – serving soldiers struggling with the fight to overcome PTSD,” the statement reads. “His service, life and premature death will never be in vain.”
Bio of Chris Kyle:
Chief Chris Kyle (USN, honorably discharged in 2009) is one of the top snipers in the history of the American armed forces. From 1999 to 2009, he recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. Iraqi insurgents feared Chief Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head. His extensive combat experience includes sniping, close-quarters battle, reconnaissance, long-range desert patrols, personal security and the training for foreign allies. In addition to working and training with the elite Navy SEALs, Chief Kyle has also served with units from the Army, Marine Corps and other government agencies.
SEAL Team 3 Chief Chris Kyle served four combat tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom and elsewhere. For his bravery in battle, he was awarded two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor, two Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medals, and one Navy and Marine Corps commendation. Additionally, he received the Grateful Nation Award, given by the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs. Following his combat deployments, he became chief instructor for training Naval Special Warfare Sniper and Counter-Sniper teams, and he authored the Naval Special Warfare Sniper Doctrine, the first Navy SEAL sniper manual.
Chief Kyle is author of The New York Times number one bestselling book "American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History."
Chris Kyle had the dream of forming Craft upon completion of his last enlistment so that he could continue to serve this great nation by helping those headed into harm's way. When he founded Craft, he pulled together a remarkable team who share in his vision to provide the best training to those who need it the most.
Via MFS-The Other News:
The Star Telegram reports "witnesses told sheriff's investigators that the gunman opened fire on the two men around 3:30 p.m., then fled in a pickup truck belonging to one of the victims. The sheriff's department didn't get a call until around 6 p.m.Hmmmm?
The motive of the shooting remained unclear, Bryant said. "Not a clue; absolutely no idea.""
WFAA/Channel 8 quoted unnamed sources as saying that Kyle of Midlothian and a neighbor had taken Routh on an outing to help him deal with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Routh turned on the men and shot them in the back, the report added.
The sheriff said he could not confirm how the victims were shot.
In January 2012, the Cleburne Times-Review reported that Routh of Lancaster was arrested in Johnson county on a DWI charge. Public records showed Routh previously lived in Camp LeJeune, N.C., site of a major Marine base.
Video:Chris Kyle calls VP Biden comments on Taliban treasonous:
Biden said the Taliban is not our enemy and Chris Kyle says it sounds like treason when Americans are being killed by the Taliban.
Under the Obama administration at least 31 active duty SEALS have been killed in combat and Chris Kyle is the first veteran SEAL killed in the US by a member of the US Marines. In addition, Chris Kyle is the third high profile firearms business owner killed suddenly and mysteriously over the past month since the Obama administration began it's war on our 2nd Amendment rights. [image] http://ht.ly/hnDfj RIP to three high profile firearms business owners,mysteriously killed in past month.... http://sco.lt/7fRI1p
The following is a list of United States Navy UDT/SEALs who have laid down their lives since Sen Barack Obama became Pres :
RIP To America's Bravest Heroes:
Rank, Name, Date of Death, KIA or KIT, Location.
SO1 Nicolas D. Checque, 12/8/2012, KIA, Afghanistan.
SO1 Kevin R. Ebbert, 11/24/2012, KIA, Afghanistan.
SO2 Matthew G. Kantor, KIA, 11/1/2012, Afghanistan.
KIA 8/16/2012, Helicopter Crash, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.
SO1 Patrick D. Feeks.
SO2 David J. Warsen.
SO1 Caleb A. Nelson, 10/1/2011, KIA, Afghanistan.
KIA 8/6/2011, CH-47 Downed by Enemy Fire, Afghanistan:
LCDR Jonas B. Kelsall.
SOCM Louis J. Langlais.
SOCS Thomas A. Ratzlaff.
SOCS Heath M. Robinson.
SOC Brian R. Bill.
SOC Christopher G. Campbell.
SOC John W. Faas.
SOC Kevin A. Houston.
SOC Matthew D. Mason.
SOC Stephen M. Mills.
SOC Robert J. Reeves.
SOC Jason R. Workman.
SO1 Darrik C. Benson.
SO1 Jon T. Tumilson.
SOC Aaron C. Vaughn.
SO1 Jesse D. Pittman.
SO2 Nicholas P. Spehar.
KIA 9/21/2010, Blackhawk Crash, Afghanistan:
LT Brendan J. Looney.
SO2 Adam O. Smith.
SO3 Denis C. Miranda.
SOC Collin T. Thomas, 8/18/2010, KIA, Afghanistan.
SOC Adam L. Brown, 3/17/2010, KIA, Afghanistan.
SO2 Ronald T. Woodle, 2/16/2010, KIT, Key West, FL.
SO2 Ryan Job, 9/24/2009, died in surgery to repair combat wounds received in Iraq on 8/2/2006.
SOC Eric F. Shellenberger, 5/7/2009, KIT, Keyport, WA.
To show the intolerance and hate of the liberals in our country who enjoy the freedoms these men died for, liberals on the social network Twitter are celebrating the murder of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.
According to the Examiner:
While many in the country mourned his loss, Twitchy reported Sunday that a number of anti-gun liberals on Twittermocked and celebrated his murder.
"I am absolutely against guns being used for any reason, but in the matter of Chris Kyle, I'd have to say it was poetic justice," one person wrote.
"All u hypocrites can miss me with the Chris Kyle American Sniper sympathy bulls**t, I call his death karma. Feel for his family not him," said another user on Twitter.
"Chris Kyle was killed at a gun how ironic lol live by the gun die by the gun now I really believe he had it coming to him," said"Patricia."
"[O]h the irony! lol," added "GrantT."
A number of Twitter users called his murder "karma," while many, like "GrantT," apparently thought Kyle's murder was something to laugh about.
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