PARKER, Colo. — A woman believed to be pregnant was gunned down in front of a Parker McDonald’s restaurant Tuesday evening, allegedly by her estranged husband who later committed suicide.
The couple’s two children and a friend were inside the restaurant at the time of the shooting.
15-year-old Christina Castello witnessed the shooting and told FOX31 Denver the victim was shot three times in the chest by a man in a dark colored Ford F-150 Pickup.
“I was holding her head and I didn’t know what to say. I didn’t know what to think. I didn’t know what to do,” said Castello, who ran to the woman after she was shot. “Then her…kids came out and saw it. The oldest screamed “Mom!”
The McDonald’s is located at 10950 Main St. in Parker.
The victim was transported to a local hospital where she died from her wounds.
The suspect, 53-year-old Mark Royer, was later found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound near the intersection of Parker Road and Bayou Gulch.
“This is such a tragic incident to happen at any time, especially around the holiday season and especially when kids are involved,” said Parker Police Sgt. Doreen Jokerst.
FOX31 Denver has Royer’s wife, Donna Marie Royer, sought a permanent restraining order in April 2011, but it was not clear if the order was grated. They were divorced in September 2010.
Authorities have not officially released the victim’s name.
A Facebook page dedicated to Donna Royer’s memory had more than 260 “Likes” as of Wednesday morning.
Records show the couple ran a non-profit called Renewed Hope Community Ministries.