A man was shot and killed Wednesday night in the Washington Highlands neighborhood of Southeast Washington, D.C. police said.

Police received reports of shots fired and responded to the 4200 block of 4th Street just before 7 p.m., said Officer Paul Metcalf, a spokesman. Officers found an unconscious man, who was not breathing and suffered from apparent gunshot wounds, Metcalf said.

The man was pronounced dead a short while later. No further details could be immediately learned.

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.