Man convicted of first-degree murder in North Fayette bar shooting

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A man accused of killing another at a North Fayette bar earlier this year was found guilty this afternoon of first-degree murder.

David Mazzocco, 26, of Imperial will be sentenced to a mandatory term of life in prison without the possibility of parole by Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Donna Jo McDaniel on Feb. 17.

Mr. Mazzocco was accused of killing James Adams, 29, and injuring two others at the Fort Pitt Inn early in the morning on March 11.

The jury deliberated about 2-1/2 hours before returning its verdict.

Police said Mr. Mazzocco was upset about a heated text message exchange with his girlfriend, and when he left dinner at a friend’s house, put four guns in his truck and headed to the Fort Pitt Inn. He took out his anger with his girlfriend on patrons at the bar.

He was forbidden from possessing firearms because of a previous mental health commitment.

The defendant’s mother, Gloria Mazzocco, has been charged separately with providing the weapons to her son.

She is scheduled to go on trial next month.

Mr. Mazzocco also was found guilty of attempted murder, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and carrying a firearm without a license.

Paula Reed Ward: or 412-263-2620.

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