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Group Including Bobby Brown Shot At; Sister’s Fiancee Dies

September 28, 1995 GMT

BOSTON (AP) _ Rhythm-and-blues singer Bobby Brown, husband of singer Whitney Houston, escaped injury early today when a gunman opened fire outside a run-down city bar, but his sister’s fiance was killed.

Steven Sealy, 31, of Chamblee, Ga., was shot in the head while sitting in Brown’s cream-colored Bentley. Brown, 26, was standing outside the car with a bodyguard. The shooting of Sealy set off a brief gun battle, with more than a dozen shots fired, witnesses said.

The incident took place shortly before 1 a.m. as Brown left the Biarritz Lounge in the city’s Roxbury section, a block from where he grew up.


Emergency medical technicians from a fire station across the street treated Sealy before he was taken to Boston City Hospital, where he died at 6:20 a.m., according to Police Sgt. David Callahan.

Firefighters said they heard five or six shots in quick succession and then 10 more shots.

Sealy was shot at least three times in the face and chest, according to Vernon Allen, an emergency medical technician. There were bullet holes in the car’s windshield and hood. ``The car was riddled with bullets,″ Fire Lt. Richard Quinlan said.

Witnesses said groups on both sides of the street began firing after the burst that killed Sealy.

Brown reportedly had been in the lounge since around 9:30 p.m. and had signed autographs there.

Brown’s hits include ``My Prerogative″ and ``Every Little Step.″ He and Houston have a daughter, Bobbi.

Brown is no stranger to trouble. Last August, he was cited for allegedly kicking a security guard at a hotel in West Hollywood, Calif.

Last April, he and two companions were arrested and charged with beating a nightclub patron in Orlando, Fla. He and his companions were charged with aggravated assault and disorderly conduct.

Authorities said he urinated in a police car and gouged four-letter words into the upholstery.

In 1993, police in Augusta, Ga., cited Brown for simulating a sex act with a female member of his group in front of an underage audience. He was arrested for a similar act in Columbus, Ga., in 1989.