Texas shooting suspect was Iraq war veteran
GLEN ROSE, Texas (AP) – The man charged with fatally shooting former Navy SEAL and “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle and his friend at a Texas gun range was an Iraq war veteran.
The U.S. military confirms that 25-year-old Eddie Ray Routh was in the Marines from 2006 to 2010. He was deployed to Iraq in 2007. His current duty status is listed as reserve.
Routh is accused of killing 38-year-old Kyle and 35-year-old Chad Littlefield at the Rough Creek Lodge shooting range Saturday evening.
Police say 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.
The Erath County Sheriff’s Office says a semi-automatic handgun thought to have been used in the killings was found at Routh’s home.
Authorities say the suspect has not made any comments as to what his motive was.
Sheriff Tommy Bryant says Routh was unemployed and “may have been suffering from some type of mental illness from being in the military himself.”
Routh is being held on $3 million bond.