A 40-year-old District man, who was described as friendly and kindhearted, was fatally shot yesterday morning on K Street NE, police said.

D.C. police said Gregory Ragland of the 1000 block of 17th Place NE was shot shortly after 6 a.m. around the corner from where he lived.

A woman with whom he shared an apartment said police told her that someone in the neighborhood heard an argument followed by three gunshots.

The woman, who declined to be identified by name because of the circumstances, said the killing "just crushed me."

In addition, she said, "this has stunned the whole neighborhood."

She described Ragland as "a wonderful friend," who was warmhearted and "loved to dance and . . . loved to sing."

She said she did not know why Ragland was killed but based on "his personality and his character, it was totally uncalled for for him to be murdered in this type of way."

Ragland, she said, was the friendly type of person who "helped anybody with their groceries and their trash." She said he worked part time cleaning apartments and was looking for a full-time job.

"I just want whoever did this to be found," she said.

Police said the case is under investigation and asked anyone with information to call 202-727-9099. A reward of up to $25,000 is offered.