Sandwich shop owner killed outside NoDa business he ran with twin brother

Police said Scott Brooks was starting his work day when he was confronted by an assailant outside of Brooks' Sandwich House in NoDa.

The co-owner of a popular NoDa sandwich shop was shot and killed early today outside the business he operated with his twin brother.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police identified the victim as Scott Allen Brooks, 61. Brooks and his brother, David, were co-owners of Brooks’ Sandwich House on N. Brevard Street. According to the restaurant’s website, the brothers had been running the “ hamburger & hot dog joint” since 1973. The business was started by their father.

According to a police report, Scott Brooks was found shot before 4:45 a.m.

“It appears an employee of the business was just beginning his day and was confronted by some unknown assailant,” CMPD Major David Robinson was quoted as saying on the WSOC television website.

Robinson called the slaying “a big blow to the city.”

In June, the brothers made news when they donated more than two acres of land to Habitat for Humanity for the construction of affordable housing. They said at the time that they simply wanted to give back.

As of midday Monday, Police had not released information about a suspect or potential motive.


The killing pushed Charlotte’s criminal homicide count to 104 for the year, up from 58 for all of 2018. At least 11 other people have been killed this year in cases where police and prosecutors ruled the killings to be legally justified.

Anyone with information is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak with a homicide detective. Residents may leave anonymous tips by calling Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600, or visiting the Crime Stoppers website at

Any information leading to an arrest could result in a $5,000 reward, CMPD said.

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