A St. Louis father was shot multiple times in front of his four children in what police are calling an incident of 'road rage'. The father was driving with all four of his children when he pulled over to write down the license plate of a vehicle. It was then that the driver and passenger of that vehicle both turned their guns on the unsuspecting father.
On Monday afternoon around 3 pm Scott Thomas was driving with his four children when he pulled over to write down the license plate of the car brothers Nicholas Marino, 27, and his brother Joseph Marino, 24 were driving in. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that according to police reports that Joseph was driving while Nicholas was a passenger. Joseph pulled the car over when they noticed that Thomas was writing down their license plate and pointed a gun at the father of four, while Nicholas exited his vehicle and shot at Thomas at least three times. He was struck in the chest and the side.
Thomas's four children, an 11-year-old boy, a 9-year-old boy, a 6-year-old boy, and a 3-year-old girl were in the car and witnessed the shooting. Fortunately, none of the children were injured. Police arrived on the scene and transported Thomas to the hospital, and not long after the Marino brothers' car was pulled over after police received a report of a red Mitsubishi GTS “that was improperly using the shoulder to pass traffic,” police said in a statement. Both of the Marino brothers were arrested without incident and police soon discovered that they were also involved in the shooting of Thomas.
Fortunately, Thomas, a local barbecue and food blogger who has built up quite a local following, being previously featured by the Post-Dispatch as well as making numerous appearances on local television and radio programs as well as writing his own articles, suffered non-life-threating injuries and is expected to fully recover.
Nicholas Marino has been charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action with his bond being set at $75,000, according to police. His brother, Joseph Marino has been charged with unlawful use of a weapon and is being held on a $20,000 bond.