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Victims sue North Fayette bar, gunman, mother in fatal shooting

Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, 9:54 a.m.
 

The family of a man who was fatally shot — and two other victims who were wounded at the Fort Pitt Inn in March 2013 — have sued the gunman, his mother and the North Fayette bar.

They filed the lawsuits in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday against David Mazzocco, 26, his mother, Gloria, 61, and the Fort Pitt Inn, the scene of the March 11, 2013, shooting.

David Mazzocco is serving life in prison for fatally shooting James Adams, 29, and wounding Gerald Maroni and Joseph F. Quirk.

Gloria Mazzocco is serving two to six years in prison for allowing her son to have one of the guns he used in the shooting — even though he was prohibited from having one because of his ongoing mental problems and previous criminal record.

“This case should bring home how much damage a gun can do when it's in the wrong hands,” said Quirk's lawyer, Alan H. Perer. “It took maybe less than a minute to ruin three lives. We're hoping we can help repair at least some of the damage.”

The owner of the bar could not be reached for comment.

“He wants nothing to do with that. He ain't making no comments,” said a woman who answered the phone at the bar.

According to the lawsuits, Gloria Mazzocco gave her son two handguns for him to sell to a friend a day before the shooting “despite her knowledge that he was prohibited from possessing or using firearms and knowing that he would be drinking alcohol through the (following) day.”

At the Fort Pitt Inn, David Mazzocco drank at least four to six beers and shots of Crown Royal whiskey. The employees cut him off but did not ask him to leave or arrange a way for him to get home, the lawsuit says.

About 12:35 a.m., the bartender allowed Mazzocco to use a phone to call his mother, whom he told he “would not be coming home,” the lawsuit states.

Eight minutes later, Mazzocco retrieved several guns from his truck, re-entered the bar and opened fire, killing Adams and wounding Quirk, who was blinded by a gunshot to his head.

Mazzocco continued to fire until Maroni charged him and held him down until police arrived. Maroni was shot in the face and shoulder.

The plaintiffs are seeking money for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost income past, present and future, and punitive damages.

Adam Brandolph is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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