Three men were shot in Arlington yesterday during an early morning argument between two rival groups of Asian-Americans, police said.

The shooting, which police say stems from "an ongoing dispute" between the two groups, occurred around 4:45 a.m. in a deserted underground office parking garage located at 1735 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington. Police would not elaborate on the nature of the argument.

According to police, the incident occured when the two groups gathered in the underground parking lot of the high rise Arlington office building and a fight between two men broke out. The fight escalated into a brawl, police said, with more than two-dozen people from both factions joining in the fray.

During the course of the fighting, someone pulled a gun and began firing. Three men were injured. The gunman escaped from the garage and fled.

One of the injured, 20-year-old Won Choi, was taken to Washington Hospital Center suffering from a gunshot wound near his ear. He was listed in stable condition yesterday evening.

The two other injured men were taken to Arlington Hospital. They were identified by hospital officials as Dong Chon, 19, and Yo Kim, 21.

Police, who are continuing their investigation, said that no arrests have been made.