East Baton Rouge Parish homicides tied the record high set last year when a man was shot to death at his home on Hyacinth Avenue early Thursday, the latest life lost during an unprecedented streak of violence. 

Emanie Gerard Anderson Jr., 29, was found dead Thursday morning in the 9200 block of Hyacinth Avenue between Staring Lane and Perkins Road, west of Mayfair Elementary. 

Baton Rouge police said Anderson died at the scene. Police have not yet determined a suspect or motive in the killing.

The Thursday morning shooting marked the 114th homicide recorded this year across East Baton Rouge Parish, according to records maintained by The Advocate. That matches the total number during all of 2020 — which itself set a record.

The newspaper tracks intentional and unjustified homicides per federal crime reporting rules. The parish has had about three homicides a week on average this year.

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With still 10 weeks left in 2021, the homicide rate will likely well surpass all previous records. 

This prolonged surge in gun violence is not unique to Baton Rouge. Cities across the country experienced similar increases starting shortly after the onset of the pandemic in early 2020.

Experts and local officials have struggled to pinpoint reasons for the increase, though they largely agree that pandemic stress and strained relationships with law enforcement following the death of George Floyd likely both played a role.

East Baton Rouge had surpassed 100 homicides during a calendar year just twice before: in 2020 and 2017.


Email Lea Skene at lskene@theadvocate.com.