Four people were shot late last night after a possible dispute erupted into gunfire in the Suitland area of Prince George's County, authorities said.

According to initial reports, the shooting occurred at a venue used for parties and dances in a shopping center on St. Barnabas Road near Silver Hill Road.

One of those who was hit was believed to be in critical condition, a Prince George's police official said.

Initial reports indicated that the critically wounded victim was a young man, possibly in his twenties, who may have been struck in the head.

A second victim, who was described in one account as a teenage girl, was said to have been struck in the leg.

It was not immediately clear where the other two victims were hit.

A fire department official said four people were taken from the scene by ambulance.

Police said that one of the units at the shopping center was sometimes converted into a venue where musical entertainment was provided.

The police said some sort of argument broke out in or near the club late last night, and a fight ensued.

At some point during the fight, the gunfire erupted. Shooting occurred both inside the glass-fronted shopping center and outside, according to a police account.

Witnesses said a glass window at one of the establishments in the center was shattered, apparently by gunfire.

Shards of broken glass lay in the parking lot early this morning, along with a heap of clothing apparently stripped from one of the victims by rescue workers.

It was not clear if any arrests had been made in connection with the incident.

On Oct. 30, a man was shot at a gas station in Prince George's, and police said the attack may have stemmed from an argument that had occurred earlier in the evening at a night club in Camp Springs.