A mother-of-three was shot to death in the parking lot of a McDonalds by her former husband as her children waited inside.
Donna Marie Royer, 40, from Denver, was shot three times in the chest last night just after 5pm after her estranged husband Mark Royer drove up to her in the parking lot.
About 90 minutes after the shooting, police found Royer's body near his truck at a trailhead near Ponderosa High School, said Parker Police Sgt Doreen Jokerst.
Court records show that Ms Royer was granted a permanent restraining order against her former husband in April, alleging domestic violence.
The couple divorced last year.
An eye witness told the Denver Post that the the mother went to her parked car while her middle-aged school children waited inside the fast food restaurant.
A man driving a red pickup truck then drove up to her and shot her three times.
Christine Castello said she rushed to the mother's side as she was convulsing.
'I held her head as she was, like, dying,' Castello said. 'I told her that everything was going to be OK.'
Her daughter was said to have screamed 'Mom' when she saw what happened.
Ms Royer was pronounced dead later in the hospital.
When police found the truck about eight miles away, a SWAT team used flash bang grenades but found no one inside.
They later found the body a short distance away in an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
According to the Denver Post, tax records list Mark Royer as the president and Donna Royer as vice president of Renewed Hope Community Ministries, which lists the couple's former home address as its location.