Semi-automatic used to kill ex-Navy SEAL

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(Photo credit: AP-GfK Polll)

(Photo credit: AP-GfK Polll)

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) – Authorities say a 25-year-old military veteran used a semi-automatic handgun to kill former Navy SEAL and “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle and his friend at a Texas gun range.

Capt. Jason Upshaw with the Erath County Sheriff’s Office says the handgun was found at Routh’s home.

Routh is accused of killing 38-year-old Kyle and 35-year-old Chad Littlefield at the Rough Creek Lodge shooting range Saturday evening. Authorities say Routh had come to the range with Kyle and Littlefield.

The director of a nonprofit that provides exercise equipment for emotionally and physically wounded veterans says Kyle and Littlefield had been trying to help Routh deal with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Police say that after the shootings, Routh drove to his sister’s home in Midlothian and told his sister and brother-in-law what he had done. After he left, his relatives called the police.

Upshaw says Routh has not made any comments as to what his motive was.

The U.S. military has confirmed that Routh was in the Marines from June 2006 to January 2010. He was deployed to Iraq in 2007.

Routh is charged with two counts of capital murder and is being held at the Erath County Jail on $3 million bond.

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