A 19-year-old man from Prince George's County who was visiting the Southeast Washington neighborhood where he was raised was fatally shot there yesterday evening. Two of his friends were wounded in the attack, authorities said.

Keith Wright, who lived in Oxon Hill and was attending Potomac High School, according to a relative, was shot about 6 p.m. in the front yard of a house in the 4200 block of Sixth Street SE.

"He was coming to see his family. He was on his way to his friend's door," said a woman who identified herself only as a cousin. "He was coming to visit. It's where he grew up."

Police said that at least two men approached Wright and his friends with a shotgun or rifle. After firing what neighbors said sounded like several shots, the assailants apparently got into a car and drove off, police said.

Police said they knew of no motive in the attack, and it was not clear whether suspects had been identified. Lt. William Farr of the violent crimes unit said officers planned to search a home in the neighborhood.

Wright's relative said she didn't know the motive. "We're trying to figure it out," she said.

A day-care center is located on the block where the shooting occurred, but a spokeswoman for the center said she had heard nothing to indicate that children or staff had been endangered.

One woman who was approaching her home in the area at the time of the attack said she had heard her share of gunshots. But yesterday, there were "a lot of them . . . to where it caught my attention."

Then, she said, she spotted a car that she thought might have been involved.

"These are the things that make you move," she said.

"It sounded like drums," another resident of the area said about the shots. "It was a lot of bullets. It [doesn't] make [any] sense. A day-care center right there.

"It's pitiful, man."