Former Navy SEAL and author of the book 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle is seen in a 2012 photo.
(Photo: Paul Moseley, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram/AP)
GLEN ROSE, Texas - Texas authorities say a man has been charged with murder in the deaths of former Navy SEAL and author Chris Kyle and another man at a Texas gun range.
Sgt. Lonny Haschel with Texas Department of Public Safety said in a statement Sunday that Eddie Ray Routh, 25, of Lancaster was arraigned Saturday on two counts of capital murder.
Haschel said Erath County deputies responded to a shooting at the Rough Creek Lodge at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday and found the bodies of Chris Kyle, 38, and Chad Littlefield, 35.
Police said they believe Routh shot the two men at about 3:30 p.m. and fled. Routh was found at about 8 p.m. Saturday at his residence in Lancaster, police said.
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 Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
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 governor 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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