A D.C. police investigator photographed shell casings found in the 1500 block of Eckington Place NE where a man was critically wounded Feb. 15. (Clarence Williams/The Washington Post)

A man was fatally shot Friday afternoon in the Eckington neighborhood of Northeast Washington, D.C. police said.

Police said Matthew Washington, 20, was shot about 3:50 p.m. near Eckington Place and Harry Thomas Way. He lived a few blocks away, according to a police report. No motive was given.

A first-floor window in a nearby dialysis center was damaged by gunfire, the police report said. An apartment building and a FedEx distribution center are near the shooting site.

The site is a few hundred yards north of the major intersection of New York and Florida Avenues NE, and about the same distance west of Metro’s Red Line and the Metropolitan Branch biking trail.

On Friday, police described a person of interest as a 5-foot-11 black man in a black sweatshirt, grey sweatpants and black shoes. He was last seen running westbound on Harry Thomas Way.

Harry Thomas Way is a relatively short, curving street named for a former D.C. Council member and political figure.


D.C. police Cmdr. William Fitzgerald, of the 5th District, briefs reporters about a Friday afternoon shooting of a man in the Eckington neighborhood in Northeast. (Clarence Williams/The Washington Post)

The homicide, according to police statistics, is the 23rd this year, up by about 50 percent from the same period last year.

Peter Jamison contributed to this report.