A 16-year-old boy was shot and wounded early Monday near the Washington Highlands neighborhood in Southeast Washington, according to D.C. police.

The shooting occurred about 12:40 a.m. in the 1200 block of Valley Ave. SE, near Wheeler Road.

Officer Tisha Gant, a police spokeswoman, said one of two men in a red two-door sedan, shot at the youth as he walked along Valley Avenue. Gant said he as struck in the back and leg, and was taken to an area hospital with injuries described as non-life threatening.

Police said a handgun was used in the shooting and that the sedan sped off south toward Southern Avenue.