D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham talks with police investigating a shooting at Columbia Heights Village in Northwest Washington on Thursday. (Clarence Williams/The Washington Post)

A man was fatally shot Thursday evening in the courtyard of an apartment complex in the center of the Columbia Heights neighborhood, D.C. police said.

Officers found the man unconscious near a playground and parking lot in Columbia Heights Village, in the 1300 block of Columbia Road NW, around 6:30 p.m., said Officer Sean Hickman, a spokesman.

D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham, who responded to the shooting, said police reviewed surveillance video that shows a hooded gunman who walked up to the victim and fired. The assailant then walked away.

The fact that the shooting happened just steps away from a playground and streets busy with vehicles and pedestrians added to the “reckless” and “brazen” nature of the incident, Newsham said.

Police said the assailant is about 5-foot-10 with a slim build.

Investigators were still trying to identify the victim, Newsham said.

He said there were officers nearby the scene of the shooting on Thursday because there had been reports on Wednesday of gunshot sounds in the area.

About 90 minutes before Thursday’s killing, a crime suppression team from the 3rd Police District recovered a gun about a block away, police said.

This is a developing story. It is being updated as more information becomes available.