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Arrest Made In Killing Of Brooks Sandwich House Co-Owner

Jodie Valade
A mural of Scott Brooks was painted on one side of Brooks Sandwich House after his murder.

A 33-year-old man was arrested Wednesday morning in the December killing of Scott Brooks, the co-owner of NoDa’s Brooks Sandwich House, police said.

CMPD said Terry Connor Jr. has been arrested and charged with murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon, among other charges.

Connor Jr. is being interviewed by the Homicide Unit and will be transferred to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office, CMPD said.

“Kudos to CMPD,” David Brooks, Scott's twin and co-owner of the restaurant, told reporters Wednesday. “They go far beyond what’s called of them ... [There’s] a little bit of closure going to come to this family and the community.”

Brooks was shot and killed around 5 a.m. Dec. 9 in what police say was an attempted robbery. They searched for two men seen on surveillance tape, and a reward for information leading to an arrest was up to $21,000.

Police said they still are looking for a second person.

"There were two suspects on the scene; we’ve arrested one," said CMPD Maj. Cam Selvey. "So obviously, there’s still work to be done. We’re not finished with this case, and we still encourage the community to come forward if there’s -- if there’s information."  

The killing shocked longtime supporters of the popular restaurant that has been operating since 1973. Many left flowers at the small building in the days after the shooting, and contributed more than $42,000 to a GoFundMe established to pay for funeral costs and a college fund for Brooks’ son.

Brooks Sandwich House closed for about two months, but when it reopened Feb. 1, patrons lined up around the block for some of Brooks’ famous burgers with chili – and just to show support for Brooks’ twin brother, David.

“I’m not sure if (the arrest) starts the healing process or not," David Brooks said Wednesday. "Nothing’s going to bring my brother back."

On Instagram, the restaurant posted a statement from Matthew G. Moore, the attorney for David and Frances Brooks, saying, in part, "We are hopeful the right person or persons will be held responsible for this horrific tragedy."

Credit Brooks Sandwich House / Instagram

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