Pastor Places Flags Out For Holiday ➠ What Happened Next Had Community Praying
Reverend Dr. Augustus Sealy of the First Church of the Nazarene in Hartford was showing his patriotism by placing flags on the front lawn of his church in honor of the holiday around 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, according to the Hartford Courant. As the 54-year-old went on about his business, a strange vehicle approached the building while driving slowly, and what happened next would change his life forever.
Witnesses said they saw a black car driving very slow past the church, and out of nowhere they heard five gunshots ring out. As the car sped off, Sealy collapsed to the ground with multiple gunshot wounds which hit his leg and shoulder.
He was rushed to the hospital where he remains. One of the bullets shattered his femur, requiring a metal rod to be placed inside of his leg to reinforce it, but his injuries aren’t the only damage that was done. His entire congregation, along with most of the community, is shaken by the drive-by shooting.
“He’s a very kind person, very loving person,” said Rominita Cuadrado, a member of Sealy’s congregation.
“There’s so many mixed emotions right now. It’s hard,” Myrna Springer, a secretary at the church, said. “People’s sprits are low. We just don’t know.”
Sealy’s wife, Sharon, said that while her husband is in pain, he’s not losing hope by any means.
“You know, this is something that happened that was really terrible and shouldn’t have happened and we’ve already prayed for that person who actually committed the crime,” she said, WVIT-TV reported. “In spite of adversities, you know we look to God for strength and that’s what my family is doing right now.” More