More Details on American Hero Killed by Fellow Vet 2/3/13
CBS 7 News Reporter
February 3, 2013
ERATH COUNTY-38-year-old Chris Kyle is one of the most decorated U.S. snipers in history. He was a published author who survived four tours in Iraq and even an Al-Queda bounty on his life, but it was back home in the states where Kyle lost his life.
Details are few, but the Erath Sheriff’s Department says Kyle and fellow-veteran Chris Littlefield were at a shooting resort southwest of Fort Worth with another veteran, 25-year-old Eddie Routh.
Investigators say Routh allegedly shot the two with a semi-automatic weapon on Saturday. News outlets report that Routh was dealing with PTSD after returning form Iraq and that Kyle and Littlefield may have been with him at the range as part of therapy.
"Deputies responded to the Lodge and found the two victims who appeared to be shot, they were deceased,” said Sheriff Tommy Bryant of Erath County.
In addition to saving countless lives as a sniper, Kyle co-founded a non-profit organization aimed at helping veterans struggling with PTSD.
"My only regret is the guys I couldn't save,” Kyle said in a recent interview. “That's what keeps me up at night.”
Kyle is survived by his wife and two children--who live in Midlothian, TX. Friends say they will remember him as more than just an American hero.
"I think Chris would want to be known as a great family man more than anything. As a good husband, a good father, a good SEAL and a great American and servant to others,” said Travis Cox, family friend.
Routh is being held on a $3 million bond for charges including Capitol Murder. Our CBS affiliate in Dallas tells us there will be a candlelight vigil for Kyle tomorrow night in Midlothian.