Blues Singer, Jackie Neal, Killed In Beauty Salon

BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) — A member of a Baton Rouge blues music family was killed and another woman was wounded after the singer's ex-boyfriend opened fire in a beauty salon before wounding himself, police said.

Singer Jackie Neal, who was in her late 30s, and Angela Myers, who was trying to run away were shot about 6:15 p.m. Thursday, said police Maj. Pat Tauzin. Neal died at the scene, while Myers and James White, who allegedly fired the shots, suffered critical injuries, Tauzin said.

Police planned to book White with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder, Tauzin said.

Neal was the daughter of internationally known Baton Rouge blues man Raful Neal and the brother of musician Kenny Neal. She released three CDs between 1995 and 2002 that veered between blues, funk and pop.

Neal's brother and band leader, Larry Neal, said his sister, who was one of 10 siblings, was planning a European tour with her band.

"She was deep into her music. Her goal was to be successful in what she did," he said. "She's just a loving person."

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