Police in the nation's capital are preparing for a weekend of potential violence despite a night of calm without a curfew in a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood wracked by unrest.

"The state of emergency remains in effect," said police spokesman Lt. Reginald Smith. "We're going to remain in a state of readiness."Under watchful police patrols, the Mount Pleasant and Adams Morgan areas of the city were quiet Thursday night after Mayor Sharon Pratt Dixon lifted a dusk-to-dawn curfew she imposed because of looting and attacks on police and businesses earlier in the week.

Daniel Gomez, the 30-year-old Hispanic man whose shooting by a rookie police officer Sunday evening sparked the disturbances, remained in critical condition Thursday at the Washington Hospital Center with a gunshot wound to the chest.