Green Park, MO – Two brothers were charged in a road-rage incident after they opened fire on a local barbecue aficionado who was with his four young children.
The incident occurred at about 3 p.m. on Oct. 14 when brothers 27-year-old Nicholas Marino and 24-year-old Joseph Marino had an altercation with another vehicle in 6000-block of South Lindbergh Boulevard, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
The other vehicle was driven by 46-year-old Scott Thomas, who also had his three, six, nine, and 11-year-old children with him.
After the kerfuffle, the Marino brothers noticed that Thomas had pulled over to take down their license plate number, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
They then stopped to confront him at gunpoint.
Charging documents said that Joseph Marino pulled the car over and pointed a gun at Thomas, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Police said Nicholas Marino got out of the car and fired at least three shots Thomas, striking the other car’s driver in the chest and side right in front of his children.
None of the children were struck by gunfire, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
St. Louis County police stopped the Marinos at the intersection of South Lindbergh Boulevard and Rusty Road after Joseph Marino used the shoulder of the road to pass traffic.
Police arrested the brothers and recovered two guns at the scene, the Call Newspapers reported.
Charging documents said that after the brothers were stopped, Nicholas Marino admitted that he had shot Thomas, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
Thomas was transported to the hospital by ambulance for treatment. He was expected to make a full recovery.
The wounded father is a local celebrity with a huge social media following who is known for his barbecue website called www.Grillinfools.com, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
Nicholas Marino was charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action for shooting at Thomas.
His cash-only bond was set at $75,000, according to Call Newspapers.
His little brother was charged with unlawful use of a weapon.
Joseph Marino’s bond was set at $20,000, also cash-only, Call Newspapers reported.