Police in Woodbridge are investigating a homicide after the body of 37-year-old Aland Robinson Jr. of New Haven, was found on Rimmon Road just before 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Police said someone alerted an officer on patrol after finding Robinson's body between Deer Run and Robin Road.
Area schools, including Beecher Road School and Amity Regional High School, as well as town offices, were alerted to shelter in place until the area was deemed safe.
Rimmon Road was closed several hours for the investigation but has since reopened.
Michael Berkley, who lives on Rimmon Road, said he was woken up by the sound of gunshots Wednesday morning.
“I was asleep and I got woken up and it was like rap rap rap rap rap! Like, multiple gunshots, maybe four to six," Berkley told NBC Connecticut.
Berkley said at first he assumed the sound was a car backfiring, so he went back to sleep. When he woke up again there was a swarm of police cars and sirens howling outside his home.
“I thought maybe there was a car accident outside or something like that but I didn’t equate it to the gunshots or the police together because just living in Woodbridge you think it’s one of the safest towns around,” he said.
"I'm a little shaken up. Especially right in front of my house. You never, never expect to see that," he added.
Woodbridge police said there was no immediate threat to the public.
State police major crimes and the New Haven state’s attorney are assisting with the investigation. No arrests have been made.