This story has been updated.

Three men were shot and killed Saturday night in Southeast Washington, D.C. police chief Peter Newsham said.

In a separate incident earlier in the day another homicide was reported in Northeast.

The four killings on Saturday occurred amid a surge in homicides in the District in recent months. The rate of slayings so far this year appears to exceed last year’s rate, which was substantially higher than the previous year.

In the Saturday night incident, two of the victims were found in a car in the 1500 block of Fort Davis Place SE, Newsham said. A third was found in the street, about 50 yards away.

It was not clear if he had been shot while in the car, police said.

The incident was reported about 10 p.m. in what Newsham described as a “very, very quiet residential neighborhood.”

The slain men were not identified immediately.

D.C. police said they were trying to find two people in connection with the attack. They said both were black and male. One was wearing a red hoodie, and the other was wearing a white baseball cap, black jacket and white pants, police said They were last seen in a black or dark blue sedan that was headed toward Alabama Avenue SE.

Earlier in the day, the first of the four slayings was reported about 4 p.m. in the 4100 block of Hayes Street NE. Few details were available.

At least two other shootings were also reported Saturday, including one at 11:20 p.m. at North Capitol Street and New York Avenue NW. That has been one of the more volatile areas in the city in recent years.

Midnight brought a new day. But it did not bring an end to the shootings. A shooting was reported at 12:10 a.m. Sunday. The location was the 800 block of H Street NE. It is on the H Street dining and entertainment strip.