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Suspected gunman fired at victim, right in front of detectives: NYPD

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EAST HARLEM, Manhattan —Two plainclothes detectives shot a man who they saw firing a gun at a 21-year-old man and who later pointed his weapon at them, according to the NYPD.

Wilvinson Diaz, 26, of Manhattan, was arrested Wednesday and faces charges of attempted murder, felony assault, criminal possession of a loaded firearm, reckless endangerment and unlawful possession of marijuana, police said.

Police recovered this .22 semi-automatic firearm at the scene. (Photo: DCPI)

Police recovered this .22 semi-automatic firearm at the scene. (Photo: NYPD)

Two detectives assigned to the NYPD's Special Victims Unit were near East 101st Street and First Avenue about 8 p.m. Tuesday when they saw Diaz, allegedly armed with a firearm, running toward another man walking in the same direction with his back turned, police said.

In front of the detectives, Diaz allegedly fired multiple times at the victim, striking him in the torso and the leg, before the victim fled northbound on First Avenue, authorities said. The gunman continued to chase the victim until the two detectives identified themselves and ordered him to drop his weapon, police said.

However, the assailant refused and instead pointed his gun at the detectives, NYPD said. One of the detectives fired two rounds at the armed man, hitting him in the torso.

A .22-caliber semi-automatic gun was found at the scene, police said.

The victim and Diaz both went to the hospital where they were listed in stable condition.

The detectives were taken to the hospital for tinnitus, a ringing in the ears sometimes caused by close proximity to a fired gun.