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Suspect accused of shooting pastor, another man faces a judge

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Aaron Taylor was arrested in Hartford Thursday night. (WFSB/Hartford police photos) Aaron Taylor was arrested in Hartford Thursday night. (WFSB/Hartford police photos)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A man accused of shooting a well-known pastor and another man in Hartford is being held on a $1 million bond for each shooting after his arraignment on Friday.

Aaron Taylor, 25, was taken into custody on Thursday night, according to police.

Investigators said they developed some information that led to Taylor's arrest, but they have not said whether they received a tip after announcing a $5,000 reward.

Taylor, who police said is a known drug addict, was arrested at a condo complex on Plain Drive in East Hartford. Police spent some time at the condo complex early Friday morning.

According to police, Taylor shot Pastor Augustus Sealy and Robert Jones in separate shootings on May 24.

Police said Sealy was outside of his church on Capital Avenue putting up flags for Memorial Day services when he was shot in right leg and shoulder areas. The second victim, Robert Jones, was struck on Garden Street less than 20 minutes later.

Police said the same 9MM pistol was used in both shootings.  

Taylor was officially charged with criminal attempt to commit murder and assault.

Police said a Red Bull can and surveillance video from outside of Willy’s in Hartford helped lead to the arrest of Taylor.

"Whoever doing the dumb stuff, there's cameras out here,” said Kenny Johnson, who is Jones’ cousin. “Cameras out here, keep up the good work!"

Another unidentified person was also arrested for interfering with the investigation, police said.

Taylor’s arrest comes days after the capital city marked its 23rd and 24th homicides of the year.

Taylor, who is a convicted felon, was arraigned at Hartford Superior Court on Friday morning. His next court appearance is Sept. 25. He is being held on a bond for a combined $2 million.

Neither of the families of the two victims appeared to be in court after a judge inquiry. 

His public defender R. Bruce Lorenzon raised issues with the warrants.

"On face of it, some challenges, to be raised with the evidence indicated,” Lorenzon said.

Donald Bozeman lives nearby and said he feels relieved.

“The violence needs to stop period,” Bozeman said. “You know what I'm saying, but it's not going to stop. We all gotta make a move for it to stop!"

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