Police identify victim in deadly shooting in parking lot of Springfield McDonald's

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Police are investigating a deadly shooting in the parking lot of the McDonald's on West Kearney Street, east of Kansas Expressway.

The shooting happened shortly after midnight. Police found Zachary J. Zumwalt, 28, shot inside his car. He died later of his injuries while being transported to a hospital.

Sergeant Ryan Russell with the Springfield Police Department said initially calls came in about a possibly intoxicated driver. "When our officers got here they were flagged down by other people in the parking lot saying there had just been a shooting," Sgt. Russell described.

Sgt. Russell said someone in a white-four door car drove south on Johnston, just west of the McDonald's parking lot, stopped and shot the man. The suspected shooter sped off, heading south on Johnston according to Sgt. Russell.

There were several witnesses to this shooting, including a person in the drive-thru and a female passenger who was in the car with the man who was shot. Sgt. Russell said that women told police she did not recognize the white-four door car. Police do not know the make and model of the car.

A motive hasn't been released or the name of the victim. Police also can't confirm the type of gun that was used, but know it was 45 caliber.

McDonald's released this statement to our news team:

"Regarding the activities on Kearney overnight, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this senseless crime. The police are still investigating the scene that occurred in our lower parking lot. Our lobby and drive thru are now open. Thank you to the Springfield Police Department for their tireless efforts and immediate response to this issue."