Alexandria police were searching last night for three men after a man was shot and his car was stolen and driven erratically at high speed through the city.

Police said the men began the rampage about 10:15 a.m. on Dale Street, near Edison Street, where they approached the victim from behind and shot him in the upper leg. Police said one of the men drove away from the scene, and two others took the victim's gold Buick.

Investigators said the two men in the Buick fled south into the city, striking two cars on Wythe and Henry streets. Shortly after, the Buick was traveling the wrong direction on Patrick Street, where it struck two parked cars at Pendleton Street.

"The car was undrivable at that point," said Alexandria city spokeswoman Barbara Gordon. "The suspects bailed out[of the car] and left a handgun behind on the ground. "

Police recovered the weapon but not before the men fled on foot into the surrounding neighborhood. Police said the men split up and headed in different directions as they left the scene.

Alexandria police immediately launched a search, aided by a U.S. Park Police helicopter and a bloodhound from the Fairfax County police.

Last night, the men were still being sought by authorities.

Witnesses at the scene could provide police with a detailed physical description of only one of the men. He was described as black, 20 to 23 years old, of medium height and wearing baggy blue jeans and plaid boxer shorts. He was not wearing a shirt.

Police said the shooting victim, who is in his twenties, was taken by ambulance to George Washington University Hospital, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. He told police he was picking up a worker when the carjacking occurred.

Police said no one else was injured during the incident.