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Popular BBQ blogger shot in road rage incident IN FRONT OF HIS KIDS

A popular St Louis area barbecue blogger was shot in a road rage incident this week with his four young children in the car, the St Louis Post-Dispatch reported, quoting St Louis County police.

Scott Thomas, 46, was hit in the side and chest, KMOV reported. He was taken to a hospital, where his father Greg Thomas told the Post-Dispatch on Monday his son “is OK.” The children, aged 11, 9, 6 and 3, were not hurt.

As police were responding to the report of a wounded man, other officers were stopping a red Mitsubishi GTS for using the shoulder of the road to pass traffic. An investigation revealed the car was the one involved in the altercation with Thomas, and the two men inside — brothers Nicholas, 27, and Joseph Marino, 24 — were arrested.

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Police said Joseph Marino was behind the wheel and Nicholas was in the passenger seat when the incident with Thomas took place. They did not detail the incident itself, but in a report said the brothers saw Thomas pull over and write down their license number.

According to the charges against them, Joseph Marino pulled over and pointed a gun at Thomas while Nicholas got out of the car and fired at least three times. According to the Post-Dispatch, Nicholas Marino admitted shooting Thomas.

Nicholas Marino has been charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action, and his brother has been charged with unlawful use of a weapon.

Thomas, his father, and another man run The Grillin’ Fools website and have been featured in local media. Thomas’ Grillin’ Fools Instagram account has 742,000 followers.

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[Featured image: Scott Thomas/Grillin’ Fools]