Two men wearing yellow reflective work vests were being sought in the District’s first homicide of 2013 — a fatal stabbing that occurred Thursday afternoon near the Good Hope Marketplace in Southeast Washington.

Officer Paul Metcalf, a D.C. police spokesman, said the victim was rushed to a hospital. He was pronounced dead at about 4 p.m,

The victim, 38, had fought with two men inside a liquor store and employees ousted the three men, according to a police report. The scuffle continued outside in the 2800 block of Alabama Avenue SE, where the man was stabbed in the chest, the report said.

The year’s first slaying came 10 days into 2013, reflecting the slow pace last year in which the District recorded 88 homicides , the lowest in a half-century.