TOWN OF TONAWANDA, NY -- Town of Tonawanda Police have released video from a weekend shooting, hoping to identify the suspect.
Officers arrived at what they described as a chaotic scene in the parking lot of Ying's Wings and Things Restaurant at 2309 Eggert Road just before 2 a.m. Sunday morning. Errick E. Roseboro, 20, of Cheektowaga, had been shot in the lower leg and more than 100 people were "yelling, screaming and fleeing from the area," according to a statement released by police.
The party inside Ying's was designed for young people -- those not old enough to drink. No alcohol was served, according to the owner.
The shooter has not been identified and the incidentremains under investigation.
Police called for back-up from multiple police agencies when they arrived, and in the end Haibo Jiang (also known as Jimmy Ying), 52 of Clarence, the owner of the restaurant, was under arrest. Police charged him with criminal nuisance in the second degree.
2 On Your Side spoke with Ying. He said both he and the promoter hired private security for the parties. They checked IDs and performed pat-downs to make sure it was safe inside the restaurant.
However, the shooting happened outside in the parking lot. Ying said police would not allow the security guards to patrol that area.
He said police have been targeting him and his business since he started allowing these parties in his restaurant.
Ying told 2 On Your Side that officers have warned him, "We're going to teach you a lesson."Ying said police often use racial slurs in telling him to close down the parties because they're brining in too many minorities.
It's gotten so bad, according to Ying, that he filed a racial discrimination complaint against the police department. 2 On Your Side has confirmed the State Attorney General's office is looking into the complaint.
At a board meeting on Monday night in the Town of Tonawanda, the public comment period turned tense, as Ying and his employees began to air their complaints in front of the board members. Ying, who said he began renting his space earlier in the fall for private parties, claimed that police have repeatedly harassed his employees when responding to problems in his parking lot.
Police Chief Anthony Palombodenied all claims of racial discrimination in front of the board.
"We're not prejudiced against anybody. What we're prejudiced against is people who break the law," Palombo said. "And Mr. Ying is running an operation that is not conducive to the safety of hispatrons and the general public."