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The 28-year-old man suspected of shooting two victims on Wednesday morning was arraigned on two charges of attempted murder before Judge Elia Ortiz in Napa County Superior Court on Friday. 

Nicholas Angelo Zazzarino is being charged with two counts of attempted willful, deliberate murder and two counts of assault with a semiautomatic firearm. He is also being charged with criminal threats and unauthorized entry of a dwelling. The DA's criminal complaint includes two separate special allegations for personal and intentional discharge of a firearm causing great bodily injury, personal use of firearm, and infliction of great bodily injury.

If convicted, Zazzarino faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Zazzarino was arrested Wednesday after allegedly shooting a 23-year-old Napa man in the parking lot of Starbucks at Lincoln Avenue and Jefferson Street and a 66-year-old Napa man he encountered in the Sutherland Park area after fleeing the scene of Starbucks. 

Both victims were transported to Queen of the Valley Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. 

Zazzarino eventually admitted to shooting the men while being questioned on Wednesday, according to police reports. 

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During his arraignment Friday, Zazzarino was appointed a public defender. He did not enter a plea. His next court date is set for Thursday. 

Zazzarino is being held in the Napa County jail without bail.


Public Safety Reporter

Maria Sestito is the Napa Valley Register public safety reporter. She covers breaking news as well as crime and courts. Maria came to the Napa Valley Register in 2015 after working at as a reporter and photographer at The Daily News in Jacksonville, NC.