"America's deadliest sniper" fatally shot by veteran

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A Texas veteran is charged with the crime of fatally shooting Chris Kyle, known as "America's deadliest sniper", and another man at a Texas gun range on Saturday, news sources report.

According to the New York Times, Kyle, a former Navy SEAL, went with other veterans to shooting ranges as a form of therapy. This is what he had planned on Saturday afternoon, when he and a friend, Chad Littlefield, took the suspect to Rough Creek Lodge. Police say that the suspect, Eddie Ray Routh, fought as a soldier in both Iraq and Afghanistan and has struggled with mental illness.

Kyle was a highly decorated soldier who served four tours in Iraq. For his service, he earned two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation. Following his service, he wrote the book "American Sniper", about his time as the soldier with the most sniper kills in U.S. history, reports ABC News.

ABC News reports that Kyle also founded a non-profit organization to help veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Speaking about all of his service, the director of the organization, Travis Cox, told ABC News, "Chris Kyle was a hero for his courageous efforts protecting our country as a U.S. Navy SEAL during four tours of combat. Moreover, he was a hero for his efforts stateside when he helped develop the FITCO Cares Foundation."

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