Brutal Gay Bashing Leaves John Skaggs Hospitalized After Man Breaks Pool Cue Over His Face

John Skaggs, a 52-year-old regular at Sandbar club in downtown Shreveport, is now in the hospital with horrific facial injuries — including a broken jaw and eye socket — after a reported gay bashing, KSLA reports. William Payne has been charged with attempted second-degree murder after allegedly breaking a pool cue over the face of Skaggs, completely unprovoked. Video surveillance caught the attack and witnesses say Payne made threatening comments toward Skaggs; the two men had no interaction otherwise. Security at Sandbar held Payne down until authorities arrived. Payne faces an additional charge of committing a hate crime.

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