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2 Dead, 7 Wounded In Rash Of Shootings Tuesday

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Deadly Shooting After Chicago Fireworks

People ducked for cover between police squad cars after shots rang out following the Grant Park fireworks show July 3, 2008. One man was killed in the shooting and two others were injured. (CBS)

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CHICAGO (CBS) People flocked to the sidewalks, jogging paths and favorite spots on the lakefront as the temperature climbed well into the 60s Tuesday afternoon, but violence also erupted on city streets.

The rash of shootings over a period of just seven hours Tuesday left at least two people dead and seven more wounded.

The first reported deadly shooting happened round 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Reginald Smith, 24, died after a gunman he didn’t know shot him multiple times in the chest in the 6500 block of South Drexel Avenue, in the Woodlawn neighborhood.

Smith was dead at the scene, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

Then around 10:35 p.m., Eddie Coleman, 43, was chased down and shot dead as he stood on the sidewalk in the 3000 block of East 79th Place – not far from Rainbow Beach. A gunman opened fire and started chasing Coleman, authorities said.

He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:20 p.m., according to the Medical Examiner’s office.

The earliest reported shooting happened just after 4 p.m., when a 27-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman were standing in the 3600 block of West 16th Street, in the North Lawndale neighborhood, and realized they had been shot. Police said the woman was treated for a graze wound at Mount Sinai Hospital, while the man was reported in stable condition at Stroger Hospital of Cook County.

At 6:12 p.m., an 18-year-old man was shot in the hand in the 1800 block of West 51st Street, in the Back of the Yards neighborhoods, police said. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was reported in stable condition.

Less than an hour later, at 6:40 p.m., a 16-year-old boy was shot in the leg in the 8800 block of South Ada Street in the Auburn-Gresham neighborhood, police said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital in stable condition.

Ten minutes later, a man was seriously wounded in a shooting in the 3400 block of West 72nd Street in the Marquette Park neighborhood, police said. The victim, 30, was shot in the thigh and taken to Mount Sinai.

At 11:20 p.m. 32-year-old man was shot in the buttocks by a man wearing dark clothing in the 3700 block of West Ohio Street, in the East Garfield Park neighborhood, police said. The wounded man was treated and released from Stroger Hospital.

About three minutes later, a 24-year-old man was shot in the abdomen during a drive-by shooting due west of the earlier incident, in the 5800 block of West Ohio Street in the South Austin neighborhood, police said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital in stable condition, and police are seeking a dark-colored vehicle in connection with the attack.

Detectives are investigating, but no arrests had been made in connection with any of the shootings as of early Wednesday.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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