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Police identify victim of fatal drive-by shooting, 1 additional victim remains in hospital

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One man is dead and another is fighting for his life in the hospital after a drive-by shooting Wednesday evening, according to investigators.

Officials say 25-year-old James Payne died on the scene of a shooting that happened in the 1600 block of N. 48th Street. A second victim, a 31-year-old man, was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. 

This is the second drive-by shooting death within a 24-hour period. The first one claimed the life of a 17-year-old boy. Investigators do not know if the two cases are possibly connected. They say they have no suspects or motives at this time for either case. 

As of July 20, 2016, there have been 42 homicides in East Baton Rouge Parish. Of those, 31 have been classified as murders. Of the remaining 11 cases, four were officer-involved shooting deaths (which remain under investigation), 6 were negligent homicides, and 1 has been classified as a justified shooting.

On the same day in 2015, there had been 50 homicides in the parish. Of those, 41 have been classified as murders. Of those remaining 9 cases, 1 was an officer-involved shooting (which has been closed as a justified shooting), four were justified shootings, and four were negligent homicides. 

Anyone with any information about the shooting is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 344-7867.

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