[Ed. – The pastor was hit with three rounds; this was obviously not collateral damage with someone else as the target.]
The Rev. Dr. Augustus Sealy, who leads the First Church of the Nazarene on Capitol Avenue, was injured at about 6:30 a.m. Sunday in a drive-by shooting, police said.
Sealy, 54, was planting small flags in the church’s lawn at 932 Capitol Ave. in honor of Memorial Day. He was shot in the leg and shoulder.
A witness identified a black car traveling west on Capitol Avenue, slowing as it passed the victim, and heard five gunshots. Seven shell casings were found on the scene, police said.
Dr. Sharon Sealy, his wife…said her husband’s femur was shattered, and doctors put a metal rod in his leg.
As she waited at Hartford Hospital, more than 200 congregants worshipped at the church. …
Rominita Cuadrado, who started attending the church three years ago when she moved nearby, said it was hard attending worship knowing that the pastor had been shot. “He’s a very kind person, very loving person,” she said.
But at the end of the service, she said, she felt uplifted. “We all did.”
Sharon Sealy said this is the fifth church her husband has served in the United States, after his first church in St. Lucia, where he was born and raised.