GREEN PARK — Two St. Louis County brothers were charged Tuesday in a road rage incident that led to a man being shot in front of his four young children.
Nicholas Marino, 27, and his brother Joseph Marino, 24, are accused of taking part in the shooting of Scott Thomas, 46, in the 6000 block of South Lindbergh Boulevard in Green Park just after 3 p.m. Monday.
At the time of the shooting, Thomas’ children ages 11, 9, 6 and 3 years old were with him in his car, though they were not injured.
According to the charges and police, Joseph Marino was driving and Nicholas Marino was in the passenger seat of their Mitsubishi GTS when they got into a road rage incident with Thomas and saw him pull over and begin to take down their vehicle’s license number.
The charges allege Joseph Marino then pulled the car over and pointed a gun at the man while his brother Nicholas, got out of the car and fired at least three shots at Thomas, hitting him in the chest and side.
After the shooting, St. Louis County police pulled over the brothers’ car at the intersection of South Lindbergh Boulevard and Rusty Road for using the shoulder of the road to pass traffic.
Nicholas Marino admitted to police that he shot Thomas, charging documents say.
Thomas was taken to a hospital for treatment. He is a local barbecue aficionado who has built an online and social media following, with about 741,000 followers on Instagram and a website known as www.grillinfools.com.
The Post-Dispatch featured him in a story in 2011 when he and his father started an annual Backyard Barbecue Bash in St. Charles.
Thomas has written for St. Louis and Feast magazines and has appeared on local television and radio programs.
The accused shooter Nicholas Marino was charged Tuesday with first-degree assault and armed criminal action. His bond was set at $75,000.
Joseph Marino, was charged Tuesday with unlawful use of a weapon. His bond was set at $20,000.
Both brothers are listed in court records as living in the 9800 block of Guehring Drive in Green Park.