Vargas is a member of the department’s Gun Violence Suppression Division, tasked with taking illegal guns off the streets.
The fire started shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday in the seven-story public housing complex on Watson Avenue, spreading to multiple apartments before firefighters knocked down the flames.
The teenager was hanging out with a small group of friends on Seward Avenue when the shooter walked up and started shooting about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to the NYPD.
Ezequiel Rivera, a NYCHA tenant, suffered at least one fatal gunshot wound to the chest in front of the Monroe Houses in Soundview about 9:15 a.m. Sunday.
Video of the attack shows the 14-year-old boy being pummeled by an attacker about 5 p.m. on July 30 as a second attacker runs from the scene on Soundview Avenue, according to the NYPD.