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CPD Eyes Lower Murder Rate for 2013

Department says 94 fewer homicides in the first 11 months of 2013 than last year




    With a November that saw fewer murders than last year, Chicago police say the city could end the year with the smallest number of homicides since 1965.

    Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Chicago finished the first 11 months of 2013 down 25 percent in shootings, down 20 percent in murders and down 15 percent in overall crime compared to the same time period last year.

    The department says there were 94 fewer homicides in the first 11 months of 2013 than in the same period last year. Thirty people were killed in November 2013, compared with 39 last year and 37 in 2011.

    So far, 380 people have been the victims of homicidal violence in 2013, down from 474 in the same period of 2012 and 398 in 2011.

    McCarthy tied the lower homicide rate, in part, to department efforts to reduce the amount of illegal firearms on the street. Chicago police say they have seized 6.350 illegal guns so far this year.