Pastor recovering after being shot while putting out Memorial Day flags


(WTNH)–A pastor in Hartford was shot while putting out Memorial Day flags over his church on Sunday, and now those who knew him are asking why.

“It’s so traumatic, how do you make sense of it?” asked visiting Pastor Eustace McDonald of First Church of the Nazarene in Hartford. “The question that we ask is, why do bad things happen to good people? And there are so many unanswered questions.”

Pastor Augustus Sealy was shot three times as he was putting out flags at the church. As he put down the seventh flag, a car pulled up and fired seven shots in his direction.

Pastor Sealy was hit twice in the leg, and once in the shoulder. He was taken to St. Francis Hospital, where he was listed in serious but stable condition. News 8 was told that he is in good spirits and was expected to recover.

Church members were shocked at the news. “I can’t believe this is happening,” one said.

Police say it’s too early to say whether Pastor Sealy was targeted or if he was a victim of a random act of violence. The shooting happened around 6:30 Sunday morning, just fifteen minutes before another shooting was reported close by.

“Other than the time, and certainly anomaly of a Sunday shooting, they don’t appear related at this point,” said Dep. Chief Brian Foley of Hartford police.

Sunday was the pastor’s fifth anniversary at the church.

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