A teenager was seriously wounded yesterday in a shooting near a playground filled with children in Northwest Washington, police said.

The shooting occurred about 4:40 p.m. in the 1300 block of V Street NW when at least two gunmen began firing on the bustling street, police said.

The 17-year-old was struck in the back and shoulder and was taken to Howard University Hospital, according to police and D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), who represents the area.

Graham said the teenager was enrolled in a summer jobs program and lived in his ward. Last night, detectives were investigating the possibility that the teenager participated in the gunfight, police said.

Graham said the community was outraged by the shooting, which was witnessed by several young children. "I am sick to my stomach," Graham said.

The shooting is the latest instance of violence in the area. Two men were fatally shot in the 1000 block of Harvard Street NW early Sunday. In March, 9-year-old Donte Manning was fatally wounded as he played outside his apartment complex at 13th and Euclid streets NW, about four blocks from where yesterday's violence occurred.

No arrests have been made in either of those cases, and police have expressed frustration at the lack of cooperation from witnesses in Donte's slaying. They increased the reward in that killing to $80,000 but have received no solid leads, they said.

Police urged anyone with information to call them at 202-727-9099.