BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — An elderly man was shot and killed on Heidel Avenue late Tuesday night. Eight hours later, another deadly shooting one block away. A teenager allegedly pulled the trigger and killed his father on East Brookstown Drive.

“When someone is shooting, you don’t know where that bullet may go,” said Pearly Clark, Brookstown resident.

Clark lives a block away from the violence. She said most residents in the area have been there all their life. Now, things are getting out of control.

“When I first moved here they had a lot of police protection. They would be at the church all the time, but now we barely see any,” she said.

Baton Rouge is ringing in the new year with a record-breaking number of homicides. The East Baton Rouge Coroner reports a total of 167 homicides and counting. That’s about 20 percent higher than last year’s total.

“It’s really tiring just seeing the same problem happening over. And it’s just not stopping,” said another resident.

One local worker said he’s witnessed shootings, thefts, and even dead bodies at the doorstep of his job. He said crime has escalated since the start of the pandemic.

“People get frustrated. They’re not working like they should. So some people turn to do things like that,” he said.

In the new year, the Brookstown neighborhood can expect dozens of new surveillance cameras. Police said this initiative will help solve crimes faster and make people feel safer. Residents say they need more.

“More patrol. Working better with the citizens trying to get them where they don’t keep doing the same kind of things,” said one resident.

The teen suspect was taken into custody for his father’s death and charged with a charge of negligent homicide.

Police are asking for the community’s help regarding the Heidel Avenue killing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Violent Crimes Unit at 225-389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867.