Two Northeast Washington men were shot and wounded, one critically, during a fight yesterday afternoon near Coolidge High School in Northwest, D.C. police reported.

Timothy Parham, 19, of 3020 Thayer St. NE, and James Mosely, 20, of 2040 Hamlin St. NE, were taken to the Washington Hospital Center's MedStar Unit after the 1:50 p.m. shooting, police said. Parham was in critical condition last night with gunshot wounds in the back and leg, and Mosely, who was shot in the leg, was in fair condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

It could not be learned if either victim is a student at Coolidge.

Police said the gunman, who fled from the scene after the shooting, had not been apprehended last night.

Police said the shooting occurred in an alley in the rear of the 6200 block of Third Street NW, but persons in the area at the time of the shooting said it occurred on the southwest corner of Third and Sheridan Streets NW, across from the Coolidge High School athletic fields.

Mike Humansky, manager of a business located on the corner, said he told the other employes to stay inside the office when he heard a loud fight and noticed about 40 persons gathered at the corner.

"There were kids all over the place," he said. "Then it got kind of quiet and I heard somebody yell, 'He pulled out a gun!' Then there were about five shots. I saw the kid with the gun back up to a car parked on Third Street , get in and drive away," Humansky said.

Kenny Prince, 20, who said that he saw the shooting, said the fight appeared to be over money that was stolen from one of the injured men. He said that an argument ensued and led to a fight, and that a friend of one of the men pulled out a gun during the fight and started shooting.