BY JOEL CURRIER • email@example.com > 636-255-7210
ST. CHARLES • Major Case Squad detectives Wednesday were looking for more than one suspect in the fatal shooting of a Wentzville man Tuesday night.
Police found the victim, Daniel C. Brennan, 23, of the 100 block of Marshall Drive, about 11:20 p.m. in his PT Cruiser on Cave Springs Road near a Denny's restaurant.
The car's transmission was in park, and Brennan was alone inside with a gunshot wound to his shoulder. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital about three hours later.
Brennan's mother, Diane, said detectives told her he was shot in an apparent robbery at the Trails of Sunbrook apartment complex on Cave Springs Road.
St. Charles Police Lt. Mike Akers said Brennan drifted in and out of consciousness and talked to police but could provide few details about the shooting.
Police described the case as an "isolated incident" but wouldn't say more about its circumstances. The killing is the first in the city this year.
Diane Brennan said she had spoken to her son about 10 p.m. as he was leaving work and thought he had gone to the apartment complex for a party.
She said that she had told him she had a pizza waiting for him, and that he had replied "I love you, Mom," before hanging up.
Brennan was a 2005 Timberland High School graduate and a shift manager at a Qdoba Mexican Grill in Wentzville, where he had worked since September 2007. His manager, Bart Weinstein, 48, said he promoted Brennan from line cook to manager because of his strong work ethic and rapport with customers.
"He treated everyone like a relative," Weinstein said.
His mother said he had a passion for helicopters and had attended classes to become a pilot. She said he also enjoyed camping and playing golf.
He lived at home and had recently purchased and renovated a foreclosed home in Wright City, where he was planning to move in about a week. He was unmarried but had a serious girlfriend.
"On Monday, he was there cutting the grass and sitting out there daydreaming about his new life," Brennan said. "But he told me, 'After I move out, I'll still come home for dinner.' "
Anyone with information on the case is asked call the Major Case Squad at 636-949-3564 or the anonymous CrimeStoppers hot line at 636-949-3333.