He was at Rough Creek Lodge’s shooting range near Forth Worth, Texas, with another man.
Both were fatally shot.
Witnesses said a gunman opened fire on the men at around 3:30 yesterday afternoon before fleeing in a pick-up truck belonging to one of the victims, according to a local newspaper.
The newspaper said a 25-year-old man was later taken into custody nearby and that charges were expected. The motive for the shooting is unclear.
We know now that the killer was Eddie Ray Routh, a former Marine that Kyle was trying to help deal with his PTSD.
I agree with Michael Yon, that now is not the time for politicizing this tragedy:
It is unseemly to politicize this today, and I will drop it there.
It is also unseemly to immediately speculate that PTSD was the cause of the shootings. This knee-jerk speculation happens every time vets are involved.
PTSD seldom leads to premeditated violence. This knee-jerk speculation is like seeing a shooting in the news and blaming it on polio. “Yep, another shooting. Must be polio again.”
I have enjoyed hearing Chris talk at times (not to me personally but interviews) and I am sure that he would frown on people blaming such acts on PTSD, which blame/speculation hurts our veterans. Many employers will not want to hire vets if they think they are apt to “snap” from PTSD.
In the real world, PTSD does not lead to mass shootings, and often there is no evidence of PTSD in shooters. Most of the mass-killers never were in the military. Columbine was an example. The murderers were high school students.
More likely, the killings derived from simple anger or uncontrolled rage, or crime of some sort. Not PTSD. Even if someone with severe PTSD kills intentionally, it does not automatically follow that PTSD was the culprit. Could be anything. Lovers’ spat. Revenge. Anything.
Importantly, many people who go to wars do not suffer PTSD. The chief cause of PTSD in the US is traffic accidents. Is there a pattern of people who suffer PTSD from accidents committing murders based on a car crash? If someone commits a violent crime, should we ask if he has been in a car crash?
In any case, I am taking a chance that Chris would have said something like this, and so I tried to say it for him. If his close friends disagree, I apologize in advance for being presumptuous.
Rest in peace, brother. Your duty is done.