A 1-year-old child was shot and wounded Monday night in Northeast Washington, D.C. police said. It appeared that he was hit in an exchange of gunfire that occurred in the 1300 block of I Street NE.

The boy was described as conscious and breathing when taken to a hospital after the 8:50 p.m. incident, said Officer Sean Hickman, a D.C. police spokesman. D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham, who went to the scene, said the baby was in stable condition with a wound to his lower extremities.

There was no indication that he was the target of the gunfire.

Newsham said a group was outdoors at the site, a residential street just north of the H Street dining and entertainment corridor.

What Newsham described as “an exchange of gunfire” occurred. It was not clear who was shooting.

Newsham characterized the incident as stemming from an apparent dispute in which the participants resorted to guns.

In addition to being north of H Street, the site of the gunfire is just south of Florida Avenue and the Trinidad neighborhood of Northeast.

It was not clear what the child was doing outdoors at the time.