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St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - A man who was walking with a woman in the 2500 block of North Grand early Friday, is hospitalized after he was shot in the chest.

Authorities say the victim and his friend were out for a stroll around 2:15 a.m.when they passed a group of people standing on a sidewalk. The woman reported she bumped arms with one of the people in the group as she passed.

It was then that a person in the group pulled a weapon and shot the 50 year old man in the chest. The victim stumbled less than a block before falling to the ground.

Paramedics were called to take the man to the hospital where he is listed in critical condition. The woman was not hurt.

The group involved in the gunfire fled by the time police arrived. No immediate word on who officers are looking for in the ongoing investigation.