The plot thickens.
This is the official version from HPD regarding the shooting of a visiting pastor on Capitol Avenue early this morning: the First shooting happened at 932 Capitol Ave. at 0627 hours, documented under HPD
Case 15-15639. The victim is identified as Augustas Sealy DOB 8/14/1959. Sealy
is a church Pastor from Mass. Sealy is from Hartford and was posting Flags for
Memorial Day in the area of Capitol Ave. @ Newton Street when he was shot by
unknown assailant(s). Sealy was shot twice in the right leg and once in the
upper left arm. He is in surgery at Saint Francis at this time listed as serious
but stable. Investigation is active. MCD detectives and Crime Scene detectives
According to at least two independent sources from HPD , speaking on the condition of remaining anonymous, have told me the shooting may actually be a hate crime. The victim, prior to being shot, was asked by the shooter "if he was gay" according to sources.
A request for comment from HPD Deputy Chief Brian Foley has gone unanswered.
Pastor Sealy was sticking flags into the ground alongside the sidewalk at the Church in honor of memorial day, prior to his being approached and shot 4 times.
It does not appear that Pastor Sealy has any readily available criminal history at this time.
UPDATE: Another source has told me that Pastor Sealy had actually served as pastor of the Capitol Avenue Church for five years before being transferred to another assignment in Shrewsbury MA.recently. He was back today for a celebration of his five years of service in Hartford apparently