Major Case Squad called in for Alton homicide

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ALTON, IL (KPLR) - The son of a retired Alton police officer was found shot to death early Saturday morning in a parking lot at the Oakwood Estates public housing complex in north Alton. The victim, 41-year old James E. Hubbard shared his father's name. Neighbors in the apartment complex describe him as a good father. He often visited a girl friend who lived there.

The region's Major Case Squad was activated at dawn to investigate the case. More than 25 detectives spent Saturday interviewing complex residents and working leads.

Melvin Bell, a resident said Saturday, “Lived here all my life and never once seen nothing like this so it’s a shock to me like it is to a lot of people around here.”

Another resident, Ametra Poole praised the way the Alton Public Housing Authority maintained the complex.  “If there is any problems, the people from the housing authority try to settle it.”  But she added she would like to see security patrols in the complex at night.

“Bullets don’t have eyes.  There are too many kids running around here; a kid could have got shot,” Poole said.

Hubbard leaves behind five children ages 21 to six.

Anyone with information about the homicide or the victim is asked to contact the Alton Police Department at 618-463-3505. If they wish to remain anonymous, they should call CrimeStoppers toll-free at 866-371-TIPS (8477). CrimeStoppers will offer a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of subjects wanted for this murder.

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