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Chicago police say the homicide rate so far in 2013 is down 20 percent from last year when the city logged more than 500 homicides.

In a sit-down with NBC Chicago, McCarthy said November was one of the best months of the year with regard to lower homicide totals; this past month tallied 30 homicides compared to 39 last year and 37 in 2011.

According to RedEye’s homicide tracker, Chicago has seen 395 homicides so far this year, 325 of them due to gunshots.

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