One man was shot to death and another was cut or stabbed early today during a melee on a busy Adams-Morgan street corner, D.C. police reported.

They said an unidentified man was shot in the neck during the incident shortly after midnight and died a short time later at Washington Hospital Center. The condition of the second person, who police said was stabbed or cut, was not immediately available.

Police said one unidentified person was in custody early today.

The melee erupted after an argument began in the Acapulco Restaurant and Lounge in the 2400 block of 18th Street NW. A woman who was in the restaurant said that two men wearing cowboy hats left the restaurant and were followed shortly by four other persons. The shooting took place in front of a branch of Perpetual Bank.

Police would not comment on the number of shots fired, but witnesses, who were part of the crowd of more than 100 that gathered soon afterward, said they had heard from two to nine shots. One witness said she saw a man with bottles and another said about a dozen persons ran from the scene after the shots rang out.

Two men were killed near the same street corner last December in what was described as an argument that also began in the Acapulco Restaurant and Lounge.

The two men were shot shortly after they walked out of another nearby restaurant. Two men have been charged with second-degree murder in their deaths.