NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- New Haven police are still investigating an incident that left a worker at a local motorcycle shop seriously injured.
Authorities tell News 8 they are making significant progress.
New Haven police say they now have two suspects in mind in connection to the beating of 49-year-old Brooks Macquerrie.
On July 19th, the New Haven Power Sports technician was found severely beaten on Goffe Street the scooter he was taking for a test drive was gone.
"We're still dealing with an investigation that was very difficult for us," said David Hartman, New Haven Police Department.
Police are still working to determine exactly what happened.
They say Macquerrie may have been targeted by a group of teenagers, who were out for his scooter.
But, they also say it's possible that he was hit by a car and then some teens saw him in a vulnerable state and grabbed the scooter.
"Thus far, the witnessess that we have, have not been able to support either theory," said Hartman.
The scooter was found nearby, just five hours after the attack.
Now police are trying to match forensic evidence on the scooter, with two young men they have in mind as possible suspects.
Although no-one at New Haven Power Sports wanted to speak on camera, managers totally discount that police theory that Brooks Macquerrie might have been hit by a car. They say that because there was no damage done to the scooter he was riding.
Although the two suspects being looked at in the case are black, police and top brass at New Haven Power Sports say there is no reason to believe 'race', or anger over the verdict in the recent George Zimmeran trial was a factor in the violence.
"Our problem is that people have been reporting that this is a race related issue, nothing in our investigation supports that whatsoever," said Hartman.
"I think people are just speculating. I haven't heard anything to the fact that it was related to the Trayvon Martin case or anything like that. I just believe it was an isolated case," said Katrina Jones, New Haven.
Meantime, Macquarrie's colleagues at New Haven Power sports say they are grateful that three women in the community were quick to help out their friend moments after the attack.
"I think that's the fabric of the community, when they see a person in trouble, they're willing to help," said Kirvanna Jones, New Haven.
Macquaririe suffered serious head injuries in the incident, in addition to a broken nose, broken eye-socket and cracked rips.
Officials at New Haven Power Sports say he is recovering, and hopes to return to the job as soon as possible.
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