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Brooks’ Sandwich House, a small red hut in NODA, has been a fixture in North Charlotte since 1973. The brothers who owned and operated it, David and Scott Brooks, took it over from their father, C.T. Brooks, in 1991. Even as NoDa exploded with townhome complexes, hipster bars and restaurants, and visitors drawn by light rail and rideshare to Charlotte’s main arts and entertainment district, Brooks’ remained unchanged—cash only, burgers, fries, and chili prepared by the brothers and their team behind the counter.

At about 5 a.m. Monday morning, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say, someone shot and killed Scott Brooks, 61, as he prepared to open his business for the day. Expressions of sorrow and shock flooded social media. “It’s a very sad day in the NoDa community, our hearts are with our neighbors and friends at Brooks’ Sandwich House,” the owners of NoDa Company Store posted to Facebook, adding three heart emojis. “We are here for you.”

It was the city’s 103rd homicide of the year, another marker in what’s been an agonizing 2019.

Thank you so much to all the support and love the people of Charlotte have given us. Scott was a good man, a father, a...

Posted by Brooks Sandwich House on Monday, December 9, 2019

This story was previously published on Charlotte Magazine