ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged two brothers in connection with Monday’s road rage shooting in south county. And Fox 2 uncovered court documents that show the men have been accused of aggressive confrontations in the past.
Monday's shooting took place just after 3 p.m. in the 6200 block of S. Lindbergh Boulevard between Tesson Ferry Road and Interstate 55.
According to prosecutors, brothers Nicholas and Joseph Marino got into a road rage incident with the 46-year-old victim. Joseph was driving.
The victim pulled his car over to get Marino brothers’ license plate and confront the driver.
Both Nicholas and Joseph got out of the car and pointed guns at the victim. Nicholas opened fire and struck the victim in the chest and side. The victim's children— ages 11, 9, 5, and 3—were with him at the time of the shooting. The children were unharmed.
The two brothers fled in their vehicle – a red Mitsubishi.
As police responded to the shooting call, other officers pulled the brothers over on Lindbergh near Rusty Road after police said that the driver illegally used the shoulder to pass traffic.
Police apprehended the Marino brothers without incident.
Nicholas Marino, whom police said admitted to the shooting, was charged with first-degree and armed criminal action. He was jailed on a $75,000 cash-only bond.
Joseph Marino was charged with unlawful use of a weapon. He was jailed on a $20,000 cash-only bond.
Fox 2 reached out to the victim's family Tuesday. They said he's recovering from his injuries.
On Tuesday, Fox 2 learned that an order of protection had been filed in St. Louis County against the Marino brothers in June 2017 by a neighbor in their Green Park subdivision in south county. The neighbor told the courts they found the brothers' actions to be "provoking" and "harassing" and accused the brothers of "screaming" and "yelling."
One complaint said Joseph Marino "has put fear into our entire family." Another complaint accuses Nicholas Marino of "always wanting to fight."
Another complaint mentions an incident in May 2017 where, during a confrontation about trash, Joseph Marino called his neighbor names, pointed a pistol at the neighbor's chest and said, "I'm going to shoot you." The brothers were ordered to not have communication with the neighbor. That order of protection expired in June 2019.
The neighbor who got the order of protection told Fox 2 there had not been any issues since the order expired.