State police are trying to piece together what happened to a 39-year-old West Haven man found shot to death at West Rock State Park in Hamden on the Fourth of July.
Hamden officers discovered the body of Edward Brooks while investigating the report of an explosion on Wintergreen Avenue, just north of Carbonell Drive, around 11:15 a.m. Saturday, according to state police.
The New Haven state's attorney's office enlisted the help of the Connecticut State Police Emergency Services Unit Bomb Squad, Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit and the Central District Major Crime Squad.
Investigators learned Brooks died of multiple gunshots and trauma to the head, neck and torso. His death has been ruled a homicide, according to state police.
Authorities are still trying to determine whether his death is linked to the explosion reported nearby. Investigators searching his home on Front Avenue in West Haven found what appear to be several fireworks in trash cans and a backyard shed.
After finding Brooks' body, police began searching for two people spotted in the area. Police said they may have been driving a gold Nissan Altima with Florida plates – a car that matches the one found outside Brooks' home.
Investigators have been searching the home and will also search the Altima for clues. They'll remain on the Front Avenue property over the next several days and will follow all leads.
Police believe the incident to be isolated and said there is no threat to the public.
Anyone with information about the case should call Central District Major Crime at 860-685-8190. Calls will remain confidential.