Two brothers are behind bars after allegedly shooting a St. Louis father of four as his children looked on during a road rage incident.
Nicholas Marino, 27, and Joseph Marino, 24, got into some type of altercation with 46-year-old Scott Thomas Monday just after 3 p.m. on S. Lindbergh Boulevard in St. Louis County, prosecutors said according to The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
After some sort of incident on the road, Thomas pulled over to write down the license plate of the other car and confront the driver, police said.
Both brothers reportedly got out of the red Mitsubishi GTS they were traveling in and pointed guns at the victim while Thomas’ four children—ages 11,9, 5, and 3—looked on, KTVI reports.
Police said Nicholas Marino fired at least three shots at Thomas, striking him in his chest and side, before the brothers fled the area. Thomas was taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, KSDK reports. None of the children inside Thomas’ vehicle were hurt.
Authorities later stopped a car that was using the shoulder to pass traffic and discovered the car was connected to the shooting.
The Marino brothers were taken into custody and are each facing charges in connection with the incident. Authorities said Nicholas Marino, who allegedly confessed to firing the shots, is facing charges of first-degree assault and armed criminal action. He is being held on a $75,000 bond.
Joseph Marino is facing charges of unlawful use of a weapon. His bond has been set at $20,000.
Thomas is reportedly a barbeque aficionado with a large following on social media, including 741,000 followers on Instagram, the local paper reports. He also runs a website known as www.grillinfools.com.
His family told KTVI Tuesday that he is continuing to recover from his injuries.
The Marino brothers have a violent past, including an order of protection filed in St. Louis County in 2017 against them by a neighbor. One complaint filed in court said Joseph Marino had “put fear into our entire family” while another accused Nicholas Marino of “always wanting to fight.”
In a May 2017 incident, Joseph Marino allegedly pointed a gun at his neighbor’s chest and threatened to shoot him, KTVI reports.
A judge ordered the brothers not have any contact with the neighbor. The protection order expired earlier this summer.
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