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A 28-year-old California man suspected of attempted murder is being held at the Napa County jail without bail after police alleged he shot two people in Napa, causing them life-threatening injuries on Wednesday morning.

Nicholas Angelo Zazzarino was booked at the Napa County jail at 5:55 p.m. Wednesday after initial questioning by Napa police. He is being held without bail on suspicion of attempted murder, criminal threats, assault with a firearm, being armed with a firearm during the commission of a felony and misdemeanor trespassing. His arraignment may be Friday.

Zazzarino, who has ties to Napa and the Central Valley, was arrested in the Linda Vista area at about 10 a.m. Wednesday. He is suspected of first shooting a 23-year-old man in the parking lot of the Starbucks at Lincoln Avenue and Jefferson Street, then a second victim – a 66-year-old Napa man – a short time later near Baywood Lane.

The Starbucks victim was shot in his abdomen, the older man in the upper chest, police said.

Both victims were taken to Queen of the Valley Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. Police said that the victims were still being treated at the hospital Thursday afternoon. Police have not yet released their names.

Napa Police Capt. Pat Manzer said that Zazzarino was detained without incident on the 3200 block of Baywood Lane by Sutherland Park after a nearby resident reported that a man had entered his home. The homeowner confronted Zazzarino, who then left the home.

Zazzarino was “completely compliant” when officers arrived, Manzer said.

A 9mm semi-automatic handgun was recovered from his person, police said.

Police believe that Zazzarino and the first victim were acquaintances who had arrived at Starbucks together in a group.

After police allege he shot the man in abdomen, Zazzarino left the scene in an early 2000s Ford Expedition, which was later found parked on a street in the Sutherland Park area in west Napa.

Police said the second victim may have observed Zazzarino acting suspiciously and initiated contact with him when he was shot. “He just may be a very poor innocent victim,” police said.

Although it appears that Zazzarino and the second victim did not know one another, police haven’t been able to confirm this as they have not been able to speak with the victim yet, Manzer said Thursday afternoon.

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Yellow police tape surrounded the perimeter of the Starbucks into the afternoon Wednesday as law enforcement officials questioned witnesses and gathered evidence. Starbucks was closed the rest of the day, but reopened as normal Thursday morning.

The back-to-back shootings less than two hours apart had Napa police scrambling to multiple crime scenes, setting up road blocks, interviewing possible witnesses and searching for evidence. The Napa County Sheriff’s Office, the Napa County District Attorney’s office, the California Highway Patrol, American Canyon Police, Department of Fish and Wildlife and volunteers from the Saint Helena Police Department provided assistance.

For several hours, Napa High School and the school district offices located across Jefferson from the Starbucks were on lockdown.

A resident on the 3300 block of Baywood Lane, near the scene of the second shooting, noted that Wednesday’s incident was the second violent happening that his west Napa neighborhood had endured in less than a year.

The first was when Stephen Connard Ferry shot at neighbors, then had a fatal shootout with police in April. During that incident, the SWAT team was in his backyard, the neighbor said.

It’s a “shame,” he said.


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.