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More Than 50 Shot, 7 Dead in Chicago's Bloody Holiday Weekend

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Independence Day celebrations were marred by multiple shootings in Chicago that reportedly left at least seven dead and 50 injured.

The first fatal shooting occurred around 2:30 a.m. Friday, kicking off a violent weekend for the city.

Corey Hudson, 34, was killed after a car pulled up and someone inside shot him and a friend on the street. According to ABC News station WLS-TV in Chicago there were also three police-involved shootings on July 4th alone. At least one suspect involved in one of those shootings was killed.

The most recent shooting occurred around midnight on Saturday, according to WLS-TV, when 19-year-old Kezon Lamb was shot in his car. Lamb was able to drive away from the initial scene and was found just two blocks from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's home.

They city has been actively combating gang and shooting violence in recent years after a bloody year in 2012, when it was the only city in the nation to record more than 500 homicides. More Than 50 Shot, 7 Dead in Chicago's Bloody Holiday Weekend

To bring down the high murder rate, police have been dispatched by the hundreds in dangerous neighborhoods and government officials have worked with community leaders to try to combat violence.

"We will keep building on our strategy, putting more officers on the street in summer months, proactively intervening in gang conflicts, partnering with community leaders," Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said in a statement.

The strategy appeared to be working, with the number of homicides falling to 415 in 2013 from more than 500 the year before. However the murder rate was still higher than many other U.S. cities. By comparison New York City, which is more than triple the size in population recorded less than 350 murders in 2013.

As of June 30, there were nine fewer homicides in Chicago than during the same period as last year, according to The Associated Press.

The Chicago Tribune updated its tally of Chicago shooting victims today, bringing up the total of those shot to 1,129 so far this year. According to the Tribune, there were 2,185 shooting victims in Chicago last year.

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