Police post video of suspects in restaurant co-owner’s death

January 9, 2020 GMT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Surveillance video shows one of the suspects wanted in the shooting death of a North Carolina restaurant’s co-owner armed with a gun and dressed in a hoodie and gloves.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police released the video Wednesday to ask for the public’s help in the search for two men believed to have been involved in the death of Scott Brooks, 61.

Brooks was shot and killed while opening Brooks’ Sandwich House in Charlotte for business on Dec. 9. The restaurant may have been targeted because customers must pay in cash only, police said.

The reward for information leading to an arrest has also increased to $21,000, news outlets reported. Police said the Federal Bureau of Investigation contributed $10,000 and local organizations added $6,000 to the original $5,000 reward.

Police have been following leads but say nothing has helped them to make an arrest.

“We believe this was a planned robbery,” Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Lt. Bryan Crum said at a news conference Wednesday. “They certainly had some knowledge.”

Brooks owned the sandwich shop with his twin brother, David. It has been open since 1973.

“The support we receive gets us through the grief,” David Brooks said at the news conference. “I just hope this little bit of evidence and what we’re doing today is going to help find and convict someone.”