Nicholas Marino, 27, was charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action while Joseph Marino, 24, was charged with unlawful use of a weapon, police told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
On Monday, Joseph Marino was driving in St. Louis County while his brother sat in the passenger seat. They got into a dispute with another driver, identified as Scott Thomas, the news outlet reported.
Thomas was seen by the brothers pulling over and writing down Marino’s license plate number. That caused the two to pull over, officials said in the newspaper report.
Then, the younger brother pulled a gun and pointed it at Thomas while the older brother then allegedly emerged from the vehicle, a Mitsubishi GTS, and fired three shots at Scott.
Thomas was hit in the side and in the chest. He was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, KSDK reported.
The Marino brothers were stopped by police after allegedly using the shoulder of the road to try and pass traffic, officials also said.
According to the Post-Dispatch, Marino then admitted to police that he shot Thomas.
Reports said Thomas, who has a large following on social media due to his love of barbecue, was with his four children. They are 3, 6, 9, and 11 years old.
The children were not harmed in the incident.
Thomas has about 700,000 followers on Instagram and has a website called www.grillinfools.com. He has also written for the Post-Dispatch and other publications about barbecue.
As reported by Fox2, Thomas’s family said that he is currently recovering from his injuries.
The report said the shooting took place at around 3 p.m. on Monday in the 6200 block of S. Lindbergh Boulevard between Tesson Ferry Road and Interstate 55 in St. Louis County.
Joseph Marino was jailed in lieu of a $20,000 cash-only bond. Nicholas Marino was jailed on a $75,000 cash-only bond, the Fox station reported.
The two have been in trouble with the law before. In June 2017, an order of protection was filed against the Marino brothers by a neighbor, who alleged they were “provoking,” “harassing,” “yelling,” and “screaming,” Fox2 reported.
A complaint alleged Joseph Marino “has put fear into our entire family,” and it claimed Nicholas Marino is “always wanting to fight.”
In another incident, the report said that Joseph Marino pointed a gun at his neighbor’s chest and said, “I’m going to shoot you.”