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Police link both Sunday morning Hartford shootings to 1 suspect

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Suspect allegedly involved in pastor shooting (Hartford police) Suspect allegedly involved in pastor shooting (Hartford police)
Pastor Augustus Seely was shot as he was setting up this flag display in Hartford, police said. (Family/WFSB photos) Pastor Augustus Seely was shot as he was setting up this flag display in Hartford, police said. (Family/WFSB photos)
Suspect allegedly involved in pastor shooting. Black vehicle belongs to suspect. (Hartford police) Suspect allegedly involved in pastor shooting. Black vehicle belongs to suspect. (Hartford police)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Police released new information on Thursday about the shooting of a pastor in Hartford.

Deputy Chief Brian Foley said police are linking the two Sunday morning shootings to one suspect.

Pastor Augustus Sealy was shot several times on Sunday morning as he was putting up a flag display in front of the First Church of the Nazarene on Capitol Avenue.

Police said he was hit three times, twice in the leg and once in the shoulder.

The group Mothers United Against Violence said he suffered a shattered femur.

Police said they are searching for a black Nissan sedan that the suspect may have been driving.

They were also looking into whether Sealy was targeted. However, they said they were not ready to call it a hate crime.

On Thursday, Hartford police said they believe the shooting involving the pastor, and a shooting on Garden Street are connected to one suspect who is still at large.

"There are at least two shootings tied to this car and this shooter and that firearm, we'd like to locate all three," Foley said. "We have good evidence of him acting alone and pulling the trigger and we are open to the possibility of others involved but one of the shooting we know he was the only shooter."

The Garden Street shooting happened 14 minutes after the pastor was shot on Sunday morning.

Police said they believe the suspect acted alone, and said they don't believe the victims knew each other.

It is unclear if the suspect knows the pastor.

Sealy, and the Garden Street victim, identified as 28-year-old Robert Jones, have both been released from the hospital.

Anyone with information should contact Hartford police at 860-757-4261.

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