Police investigate deadly shooting in Nixa, suspect taken into custody

Published: Jan. 18, 2021 at 10:04 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 18, 2021 at 9:57 PM CST
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NIXA, Mo. (KY3) - A man has died from an overnight shooting in Nixa, while the suspected shooter has been taken into custody.

Police have identified the victim as Zachary Shane Rice, 41, of Nixa. Next-of-kin have been notified.

Investigators say it happened around 3 a.m. Monday near a home in the 1300 block of Dunrobin Castle Drive.

Officers initially responded to the intersection of Nicholas Road and West Mt. Vernon Street for a report of shots fired. Police say Rice was found dead on a street outside of the home.

The shooter has been detained for questioning, while detectives continue to investigate the scene for evidence. Police have not yet determined a motive.

The Nixa Police Department says there is “no reason to believe the public is in any danger at this time.” Investigators say Rice and the suspect knew one another and that the shooting was an isolated incident.

A group of Rice’s friends gathered Monday at the place he worked, The Roost, to share their memories and support one another in their grief.

“Just as good of a friend as I’ve ever had. He was kind of a good old boy, but still had a little bit of city to him.” said Rice’s longtime friend Mark Auvil. “I had probably over 50 missed calls. Some of these people aren’t exactly morning folks, and so when I have that many calls before 10 in the morning, I know it could never be anything good.”

Auvil says Rice was part of the downtown music, food and beverage scene for years. He loved hip hop and also hunting.

“There aren’t good enough words in the English language to express how angry and how shocked we all are. And hurt, quite frankly,” said Auvil on his friend’s death.

Neighbors too, were shocked by the news on their quiet street.

“I didn’t hear a gun go off or nothing, which was the most shocking part,” said Nathan Karzen. “All you can do is kind of pray for the families.”

Charges have not yet been filed and police have not yet identified the suspect, but the investigation is ongoing.

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