A man was critically wounded Wednesday afternoon in the Southeast area of Capitol Hill, D.C. police said.

Officers responded to the 1400 block of K Street SE about 3:30 p.m. and found a wounded man conscious and breathing, said Officer Paul Metcalf. The victim was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, Metcalf said.

Homicide detectives were called to the scene to investigate but it was not immediately clear what prompted the gunfire. Police officers examined a vehicle found several blocks from the scene, near 11th Street and South Carolina Avenue SE, which may be connected to the incident.

Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.