Hartford PD search for man who allegedly shot pastor in hate crime

Aaron Taylor

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Hartford Police say they think they know who’s responsible for shooting a pastor and another man within minutes last week.

It’s news that is being received with mixed emotions by church leadership. They tell News 8 on one hand they’re happy investigators have identified who the trigger man was but they say they’re still sad over the situations that’s unfolded.

It was a double shooting that happened that day. Police tell News 8 they think 25-year-old Aaron Taylor of Windsor is responsible.

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Last Sunday he shot a 54-year-old pastor, Augustus Sealy, all happening outside First Church of the Nazarene shortly before 6:30 a.m. as he put flags in the ground for Memorial Day.

And about 15 minutes later, 27-year-old Robert Jones was shot multiples times near 402 Garden Street.

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Police add the shootings may be hate crimes.

News 8 reached out to officials with the church to get their reaction to this latest development and were given the following statement:

“We are healing and we are encouraged with what is going on. And we just want our pastor to get well and be back with us.”

-Rev. Elton Adams, Church Minister

Taylor is currently charged with criminal attempt to commit murder and assault in the first degree. This warrant carries a $1.2 million judge set bond.

Anyone with information about Taylor’s whereabouts or information that will help police in this investigation are asked to contact the Hartford Police Department

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