Napa Police responded to two shootings within two hours on Wednesday morning, which led to two people being transported to the hospital and prompting a two-hour lockdown at Napa High School.
Nicholas Angelo Zazzarino, 28, the suspect in both shootings, was arrested at the scene of the second shooting in the Linda Vista area.
The first shooting was reported about 8:20 a.m. at the Starbucks at Lincoln Avenue and Jefferson Street. Upon arrival, police found a 23-year-old Napa man with a gunshot wound to his abdomen. He was treated at the scene and taken to Queen of the Valley Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
By 8:45 a.m., police had closed off Lincoln Avenue to traffic in front of the Starbucks and put yellow tape around the parking lot. Police issued a Nixle alert asking the public to avoid the area. The westbound lanes remained block into the afternoon.
A woman from Fairfield said she came to the Starbucks to buy coffee at about 8:20 a.m. She parked near a green Ford Expedition, which was later identified as the suspect vehicle and pursued by police. The woman said she saw the victim with several other people in the parking lot before she went inside the Starbucks and prior to the shooting.
“That’s when I heard the shots. I came out. He was leaning on the car bleeding. I called 911,” she said.
The woman, who did not want her name in the story, pointed out the red car she had seen the victim leaning against. Several drops of blood were easily visible against the black asphalt near the front left bumper.
The man was conscious and talking, the woman said.
“I go there every morning,” Dave Gaydon said as he looked onto the coffee shop. “I guess I just missed it.”
Gaydon said that there are a lot of regulars at the Starbucks and that he can’t imagine how scary it must have been for the shop’s employees.
Just before 10 a.m., while police were still questioning witnesses at the taped-off coffee shop, another call came out about a shooting on the 3300 block of Macbeth Street in west Napa, sending several officers at the scene running to their vehicles.
A 66-year-old Napa man had been shot in the upper chest in the vicinity of Baywood Lane and Maclennan Street, Napa Police Capt. Pat Manzer said. The man was also treated at the scene and taken to the Queen with life-threatening injuries.
As officers were responding to the scene, someone had called 911 to report hat he was following a suspect that had just entered his home on the 3200 block of Baywood Lane.
Police responded and detained the suspect, later identified as Zazzarino, without incident. A 9mm semi-automatic handgun on him was recovered from his person, police said.
Zazzarino was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury. Zazzarino has listed addresses in Napa and Central Valley.
Police set up a perimeter around a home on the end of MacFadden Street and around streets near Sutherland Park trying to identify the exact location of the second shooting. They canvassed the area looking for shell casings and other evidence for several hours.
The second victim may have been shot in his vehicle at the corner of Baywood Lane and Sutherland Drive, near his residence, Manzer said.
The victim in the second shooting was driving away from his residence when he noticed Zazzarino acting suspiciously near a neighbor’s fence and confronted him, asking him what he was doing, police said. While the two were talking, Zazzarino shot the man once and fled on foot.
Police believe that after being shot, the victim was able to drive back to his residence on Baywood Lane and call 911.
“The victim may have observed the suspect acting suspicious, made contact and, for whatever reason, the suspect shot him,” Manzer said Wednesday afternoon. “He may just be a very poor innocent victim.”
It’s possible that the suspect and the first victim knew each other, but police have not been able to confirm that yet, Manzer said.
The two men may have been part of a group of people talking in the parking lot of Starbucks, Manzer said. Police haven’t found any evidence that there was an exchange of gunfire. Police believe that the suspect was the only person armed.
Police said they don’t know of a motive.
Neither victim has been identified. But, as of 5:40 p.m. Wednesday, both had undergone emergency surgery and remain at the hospital. The first victim was brought into surgery for his injuries around noon. Prior to surgery, Manzer said, he was talking and communicating.
The suspect’s vehicle – a early 2000s green Ford Expedition – was located parked on the street in the Sutherland area.
Zazzarino will be booked at the Napa County jail on suspicion of attempted murder and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury.
The lockdown of Napa High and the Napa Valley Unified School District Offices was lifted by 10 a.m.
West Park Elementary School and Pueblo Vista Elementary School were on lockdown for about 10 minutes, Manzer said.
Napa Police and the Napa County Sheriff’s Office had “all hands on deck” for the two incidents, Manzer said. Napa Police notified off-duty officers to come in and help. American Canyon Police, The Napa County District Attorney’s Office, California Highway Patrol, Department of Fish and Wildlife and volunteers from the Saint Helena Police Department also responded.
“Obviously with two shooting scenes, we did get spread a little thin,” Manzer said.
Anyone with additional information about this case is asked to contact Detective Garrett Smith at 707-257-9375 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or contact the Napa Police Department at 707-257-9223.