CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The community around Charlotte's NoDa neighborhood are remembering Scott Brooks, one half of the sibling team that ran Brooks' Sandwich House.
Brooks was arriving to work at the three-generation, family-owned restaurant early Monday morning when he was shot by an unknown assailant.
A growing memorial outside the restaurant is growing with thoughts and memories from loyal customers, family, and friends.
The restaurant was originally opened in 1973 byCT Brooks and was being operated by his two sons, Scott and David.
The Charlotte community is responding to Monday's deadly shooting in a series of posts on social media.
"We are at a loss for words after this senseless tragedy," the NoDa Company Store posted to Instagram. "Today the NoDa community mourns the loss of one of our own."
Later in the day, the NoDa Company Store announced they would hold a candlelight vigil in honor of Scott Brooks.
A candlelight vigil in memory of Scott Brooks will be held Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Brooks' Sandwich House.
“This whole community is gonna miss Scott," Kem Miller told NBC Charlotte. "We lost a good one in Charlotte today."
While Brooks' Sandwich House is a staple in the NoDa neighborhood, known for the world's best burgers, customers that came to mourn said the men behind the name were the true highlight.
“You know it’s a legendary place," neighbor Blake Trew said. "You know these are good people who gave back to this particular community."
"Normally this lot is full to the brim with cars. Customers in line or talking over some of Charotte's best burgers," Bills Jacks Noda posted on Instagram. "A senseless act that should never happen. NoDa is safe, safe because of the businesses and individuals that make it that way."
Several Charlotteans expressed how important they feel the restaurant and the men behind it are to the community.
"Anyone who knows Charlotte knows that that place is a staple of the community," Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Major Dave Robinson said Monday morning outside the restaurant. "It's an iconic kind of place and a landmark."
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A GoFundMe memorial fund was made in honor of Scott Brooks.Proceeds will go toward funeral expenses and college funds for his son. Within two hours of the fund's creation, over 190 donors raised more than $10,000. By 11:35 p.m., it had raised over $15,500.