February 3rd, 2013
05:32 AM ET

Reports: Ex-Navy sniper killed at Texas gun range

A former Navy SEAL who said his 150-plus sniper kills prompted Iraqi insurgents to place a bounty on his head was fatally shot at a Texas gun range by a former Marine, authorities told local media.

Chris Kyle was one of two men killed Saturday afternoon at a gun range in Glen Rose, about 50 miles southwest of Fort Worth, the Erath County sheriff told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Stephenville Empire-Tribune.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    A very informative article!
    Was there any speculation regarding an accidental nature in this shooting death?
    Was the former Marine intoxicated and/or angry?
    Are further showdowns between Marines and Navy SEALs anticipated in coming weeks or days?

    February 3, 2013 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
  2. Sandlapper

    There are no FORMER marines...once a marine, ALWAYS a marine!!!!!

    February 3, 2013 at 6:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

      The article stated that it was a "former Marine."
      I'm going to check that out with FOX News: they have a different take on military issues.

      February 3, 2013 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Sharia

      I read it on fox just now. It says the very same thing but with more than two sentences.
      As cnns ratings are in the tank fox has the top ten spots every day. Heck even foxs 6am morning show beats out cnns prime time. So yea maybe you should check out fox.

      February 3, 2013 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. Unknown Sentinel

    First off, how did the enemy zero-in on his exact name to place a bounty? I suppose the story is too new to have details like who killed him, but somehow the media knows the killer was a former marine. For me, this is a very sad tale. Chris must have been like an artist to have so many confirmed kills, and it's tragic that he was murdered at a gun range. If only we had a thousand as crafted as Chris, we could wind-down the war pretty quickly. The family will grieve, of course, but they should bear in mind what a mind-boggling achievement Chris accomplished while in the field.

    February 3, 2013 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Ciaran

      its not hard to shoot fish in a barrel, especially when it suites you.

      February 3, 2013 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Orphic

      Shooting people from a long distance with their back turned and unaware boggles your mind.

      Tiny mind?

      Guy had exceptional aim, to be sure. It just doesn't boggle my mind that a man can shoot an unaware target with proficiency. Especially since his access to that target was hard won by ground forces who had to actually engage the enemy and recon returning with intel on where to go and what would most likely be there.

      February 3, 2013 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

      @ Ciaran:
      If that would be an easy job for you, volunteer for it.

      February 3, 2013 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. RickD

    Guy had a great job. What better way to spend your life than taking out Islamic extremists all day?

    I can hear all the Jihad-loving leftists in America: you reap what you sow, he lived by the sword, etc.....whatever.....this guy was a true patriot. He lived his life as a true American. RIP

    February 3, 2013 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
    • msbpodcast

      That's what the Jihadists say about the snipers on their side too, when a drone strike blasts one all to Hell...

      Leaving that aside, I'll be interested in more details.

      I find it difficult to believe that this guy with his claim of 150 kills would make it worth paying to train, equip, transport and support some jihadist all the way into Texas.

      A trailer full of drone pilots near Las Vegas somewhere makes a much more worthwhile target.

      February 3, 2013 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  5. david francis

    Good riddance to this murderer and liar.

    February 3, 2013 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
    • ed

      Ditto – He's in hell now where he belongs.

      February 3, 2013 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
    • sambuca

      David why don't you pack up your purse and go over to the middle east and find some nice Muslim Terrorist and convince them to be nice! Oh thats right that would mean you would have to get off your A$$ and actually commit to something. Go home little boy when you grow up and understand that this world is cruel and unfair then maybe you could talk about such men as Chris Kyle.

      February 3, 2013 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Ancient Texan

      Do we detect sympathy for the terrorists that he killed in the line of duty? Go figure.

      February 4, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Roger Randall

    Which one was the good guy?

    February 3, 2013 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Terry Rochelle

      It is clear that we need to arm the people at shooting ranges. The only thing that stops a bad guy with a... oh wait.

      February 3, 2013 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  7. Driggens

    No need to brag about how many kills one has. That's something you keep to yourself once your back home.

    February 3, 2013 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Oh wow, and now I'll say, "God help US:" from these comments, clearly too many think that fighting our enemies is an easy, and even a shameful thing.

    February 3, 2013 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Lizzie Warren

      Perhaps the FBI needs to acquire the ISP addresses of the people here celebrating this death. Methinks they need to be investigated since this is a homicide.

      February 3, 2013 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  9. Woody

    The dude was just another Obama hating blowhard gun nut. You reap what you sow buddy.

    February 3, 2013 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
  10. John Law

    This Marine gave his life for our country.If he was not the victim of the other poor soldiers PTSD then who of us would find themselves at the mercy of this tortured soul? The irony of course is that he was able to survive multiple deployments oversees only to come home to an equally disturbing and uneven playing field that is just as dangerous as any found in time of war.I salute this soldier and thank him for giving his life right here at home so that I, my family and all the rest of the citizens in this country were spared the destruction and carnage that comes with a mentally unstable person holding a firearm of any type.History will remember Chris Kyle not only for his service oversees but more importantly right here at home. His life was taken and as a result we can be safe from at least one more of the many firearm owners with mental illness who have access to deadly weapons.I salute you sir for a job well done above and beyond any call of duty.

    February 3, 2013 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      The Marine is the one who SHOT the Navy Seal.

      February 3, 2013 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  11. Name*ileap

    These guys are trained to kill, that is their profession. They are also trained to take orders without questions. Whose war are they still involved in, is the question? Bloggers across the nation need to come to a consensus about who is the real enemy... start your search with wikileaks, the 9 II truth commission. Military and government bureaucrats are speaking out in record numbers about the lies, fraud and corruption that rule these days... Look at history to find out why muslims and chrstian armies continue to battle... It is a classic trick by bankers and kings, to implant the masses with hate and fear of others, to war and kill for profit and control. These marines and seals coming home need to be cleared, debriefed, and educated... So they can properly decide for themselves and re-assess who is the real enemy of american people. The only cure for PTSD is TRUTH.

    February 3, 2013 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
    • John Law

      I would think that the last thing you would want to do with a returning Marine/Navy Seal is to debrief and educate them as to the historic nature in why war is waged,let alone why they were chosen to fight the current wars that have been manufactured.I can't even begin to comprehend the amount of carnage and loss of life that would result.There was a popular bumper sticker during the Nam war that showed a Marine with his M16 and stating "kill 'em all and let God sort 'em out". That
      would surely be the scenario if your plan for rehabilitation was implemented.

      February 3, 2013 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  12. Woody

    Apparently Chris Kyle took some poor unfortunate vet with PTSD (his killer) out to the shooting range for some "shooting therapy." LOL.

    February 3, 2013 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Propaganda reflected here is now fusing national defence, the right to bear arms, and the "evils" of financial success.
    It's almost pointless to request thinking from citizens who easily condone dependence on the government for acceptable cognitions as well as for income.

    February 3, 2013 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  14. Watching

    The world is equally full of evil & good. Killing another human is a tragedy no matter what the reason. The negative comments here make me sick and concerned for the mental health of some. Internet cowards – bet you wouldn't have the guts to say this crap face to face.

    February 3, 2013 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  15. Woody

    I sincerely hope all you gun freaks are feeling *something* other than your usual jaw flapping, false superiority.

    February 3, 2013 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Name*ileap

      Most of those "gun freaks" you refer to are folks who know the historic reasons for the Second amendment.
      The only REAL form of national defense... are state and local militias. The current military actions since wwII are offensive, imperialist maneuvers, which is fine... But deceit and lies to justify these actions? You decide.

      February 3, 2013 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
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