TONAWANDA, NY - The owner of Ying's Restaurant in Tonawanda reached out to us Saturday night concerned that police have been camped out in front of his restaurant for days.
After that shooting Haibo Jiang (also known as Jimmy Ying), 52 of Clarence, the restaurant's owner, accused police in the town of using racial slurs when responding to calls outside his business. Allegations into those claims are still being investigated but the chief flatly denied any racial motivation.
Ying called us after he noticed a Town of Tonawanda SWAT vehicle parked out front, and police constantly walking by his restaurant.
"They have three or four officers walking around in front of customers," said Ying, "to show me and my customers that they were watching me. And drive the car slowly to tell us, 'We are here.' We already told the media and Tonanwanda Police that we are not going to have the party again because of the shooting. I'm sorry things happened in the plaza."
We spoke to one off-duty officer who said he worked for Amherst Police. He didn't want to go on camera, but told us that the owners of the plaza hired off-duty police to monitor Ying's restaurant.
We contacted town of Tonawanda Police who said they were there to watch the area.
The shooter who injured a teen in last weekend's shooting is still on the loose. The owner told us he plans to put up a $1,000 reward out of his own pocket because he feels police aren't doing enough to find that shooter.