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Crime investigators work the scene of a homicide shooting on Georgia Street near E Buchanan Street.

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A man died after he was shot Friday afternoon on Plank Road in north Baton Rouge and a second was killed in a separate shooting a few hours later on the city's south side, according to Baton Rouge police spokesman Don Coppola.

The first victim was shot around 3 p.m. in the 3200 block of Plank Road and he later died, Coppola said. A popular north Baton Rouge barbershop and beauty shop are located at that address.

He was not identified pending notification of next of kin.

Coppola late Friday identified the victim of the other fatal shooting, which happened about 6 p.m., as Titus Ware, 35, of 2468 Georgia Street. He said Ware was found in the living room of his residence suffering from apparent gunshot injuries and that he  died on scene.

The killings brought the number of homicides in East Baton Rouge Parish for 2017 to 101, according to records maintained by The Advocate.

A woman outside the Prestige Barbershop on Plank Road, where the first victim was shot in the parking lot Friday, identified herself as his first cousin and said he was a native of Baton Rouge who had moved to Atlanta about four years ago to work in the music industry.

The cousin, Rejohnia Harrell, said the victim, who was in his 30s, had been in Baton Rouge to visit family for the holidays.

Harrell said she drove to the barbershop as soon as she could after hearing of the shooting and learning that her cousin had gone there on Friday to get his hair cut. She said he'd been getting his hair cut there since his middle school years.

Harrell said she was told that her cousin was shot in the head when he walked out to the parking lot to wait his turn for a haircut at the busy shop.She said that her cousin had posted a picture on social media Friday evening, saying he was at the barbershop.

A few people who had gathered near the scene of the Georgia Street shooting said they had no information about the victim or what had happened.

This year broke the record for the most homicides in a single year on Dec. 7 when 34-year-old Laquetra Pidgeon died after she was shot by her boyfriend 29-year-old Daniel Johnson, two days earlier in a murder-suicide, police have said. The previous record was 96 homicides in 2007.

Police ask anyone with information on either shooting to contact the Violent Crimes Unit at 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at 344-7867.

Compiled from staff reports. To contact a crime reporter at The Advocate, email policereporters@theadvocate.com or call (225) 388-0369.