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Police are investigating a third deadly shooting in just two days after the latest of several recent weekends that have seen increased gun violence across Baton Rouge. 

The shooting occurred around 6 p.m. Sunday at an apartment complex in the 1800 block of Boulevard De Province, an area filled with apartment complexes off Old Hammond Highway.

34-year-old Marquis McCoy of Baton Rouge was found suffering from gunshot wounds. He died at the hospital after being transported from the scene.

Two other men were fatally shot in separate incidents that happened within 24 hours between Saturday night and Sunday.

Byron Batiste was found dead in his home at the Lodge Apartments in the 5400 block of Prescott Road just before 9 p.m. on Saturday. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds and died before medical crews and officers arrived, police said.

Another deadly shooting occurred Sunday evening off Scenic Highway. Eric Hall, 49, was found shot to death inside his vehicle around 5:30 p.m. in the 1400 block of Fairchild Street, which is a residential area in Baton Rouge's Scotlandville neighborhood.

Police said there are no known motives or suspects in any of the shootings at this time. 

Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to contact authorities at (225) 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

The past few weekends have been unusually violent. Four people were shot and killed the weekend of Nov. 9 and 10, prompting Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul to express concern. He condemned the "senseless acts" and reassured residents that detectives were doing everything possible to bring justice. 

Last weekend two people were killed in separate shooting incidents. 

The month of November has seen a marked increase in homicides, with most occurring on weekends. So far 12 people have been killed this month and most of the cases remain unsolved. That's compared to four people killed in October and seven in September.

But as the end of 2019 approaches, the city's homicide tally is lower than in previous years despite the recent weekend spikes. Officials hope those numbers will continue trending downward after 2017 — the parish's deadliest year in recorded history, which saw more than 100 killings as Baton Rouge's homicide rate outpaced Chicago's.

Unofficial numbers tracked by The Advocate indicate 69 people have died so far this year in what authorities consider intentional and unjustified killings.

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