WATCH: Victim of brutal attack in Shreveport confirms it was an anti-gay hate crime

John Skaggs, the 52-year-old gay man who was brutally attacked with a pool cue at a downtown Shreveport bar last week, tells KSLA 12 that he’s convinced it was a hate crime. Skaggs is home from the hospital, but as you can see in the video below, he’s barely able to talk due to the injuries he suffered, and he’ll need reconstructive surgery. The man who attacked Skaggs, 32-year-old William Payne, is charged with attempted second-degree murder and the commission of a hate crime. Under Louisiana law, the hate crime charge carries an additional sentence of up to five years in prison, which must be served consecutively.

—  John Wright

Gay man severely beaten with pool cue in apparent hate crime at Shreveport bar

John Skaggs sustained sustained multiple fractures to his face.

Just up the road in Shreveport, La., a 52-year-old gay man was severely beaten with a pool cue in a possible hate crime at a downtown bar, according to KLSA 12. The victim, John Skaggs, is recovering at home after being hospitalized with several fractures to his face. The suspect, William Payne, is charged with attempted second-degree murder in the unprovoked attack, which was caught on surveillance videotape:

“He’s going to have some pretty serious reconstructive surgery, broken jaw, and broken bone that holds his eye socket,” said the manager and owner of the Sandbar, Tim Huck. …

“It was totally 100 percent a hate crime for this sexual orientation,” said Huck.

The bar provided police with video surveillance. Huck says it’s disturbing, and shows Payne who is a large man, breaking the cue stick over Skaggs’ face with one powerful blow.

Shreveport police believe that the video will be powerful evidence of the alleged attack, and management at the Sandbar believes it will also help distinguish between a crime and a hate crime.

“At no point in time had he talked to the man that attacked him, bumped him. After watching the video and from witnesses they hadn’t even made any form of eye contact or anything,” said Huck.

Huck considers Skaggs a friend, and says he can’t understand why someone would want to hurt him.

“Literally just enjoying a drink, in here four or five times a week, and never bothers anyone,” said Huck.

Via Joe.My.God.

—  John Wright