Authorities ID father of 8 slain on his 56th birthday

Widow: "... Before I stepped, I knew he was dead"
(Source: Stringer Family)
(Source: Stringer Family)
(Source: Stringer Family)
(Source: Stringer Family)

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Shreveport police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man on his 56th birthday.

Authorities have identified the slain man as Joseph "Lewis" Hubbard.

Police say it happened around 3 a.m. Sunday at a home in the 600 block of West 73rd Street.

The first sign of trouble came while Hubbard's youngest daughter was outside talking with her boyfriend.

They spotted a stranger near them.

"Some man came up and he was swinging his gun," said Hubbard's daughter, who asked to remain anonymous.

She recalled the armed stranger then asked whether they know who the people are who stay next door?

Hubbard's daughter said they responded by telling him no.

"So he kept on swinging his gun and he was like, 'Don't say nothing!'"

They rushed inside her house and awakened her dad.

Hubbard went outside to confront the man police say was wearing a white T-shirt and dark pants.

Hubbard quickly returned home and was followed soon after by the gunman. Police say that's when the gunman went inside and shot Lewis.

"I knew when I stepped in, before I stepped, I knew he was dead," Hubbard's lifelong partner Jacqueline Stringer said of the moment she first got out of bed and walked into their living room.

Stringer said it's her understanding that Hubbard was shot several times in the back.

Police only have confirmed that Hubbard was shot multiple times.

Hubbard's death leaves eight children without a father and makes a widow of his partner of 39 years.

In addition to being his 56th birthday, Sunday also was the 25th anniversary of him receiving the house as a birthday gift from his wife.

No arrest has been made.

Authorities urge anyone with any information about the case to contact Shreveport-Caddo Crime Stoppers by calling (318) 673-7373 or visiting the group's website, lockemup.org.

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