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“American Sniper” author fatally shot at Texas gun range

Chris Kyle, an Iraq war vet and former Navy SEAL — and the best-selling author of "American Sniper" — was shot to death, along with another man, whose identity has not yet been revealed, on Saturday afternoon. The shooting took place at a Texas gun range, according to Sheriff Tommy Bryant, of Erath County, who spoke with the Texas news media. Kyle, who was 38, was considered the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, killing over 150 insurgents from 1999 to 2009.

According to both the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Stephenville Empire-Tribune, the two men were found dead at Rough Creek Lodge’s shooting range west of Glen Rose, about 50 miles southwest of Fort Worth. The Star-Telegram reports that witnesses saw a gunman open fire on the men on Saturday afternoon, around 3:30 p.m. Saturday, before fleeing in a pickup truck belonging to one of the victims. A 25-year-old man was later taken into custody in Lancaster, southeast of Dallas. The motive for the shooting remains unclear.

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