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Cheektowaga man admits role in shooting following Ying’s melee

A Cheektowaga man has admitted his role in a retaliatory shooting that happened a day after his twin brother was wounded when gunfire broke out among more than 100 young people in the parking lot of a Town of Tonawanda restaurant.

Derrick Roseboro, 21, of Mapleview Road, pleaded guilty as charged Wednesday to second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.

The weapon was a loaded and unlicensed .38-caliber revolver that was used in the revenge shooting Nov. 18 on Lasalle Avenue in the University Heights neighborhood, prosecutors said.

Roseboro and two armed co-defendants allegedly targeted a man who they believed had wounded Errick E. Roseboro outside Ying’s Wings and Things at 2309 Eggert Road as a crowd was leaving an alcohol-free DJ party at about 1:45 a.m. Nov. 17.

Police said officers in the area of Sheridan Drive and Eggert heard multiple gunshots in Ying’s parking lot and saw a crowd yelling and fleeing when they arrived. The officers requested assistance from other police agencies “due to the chaotic nature of the scene.”

The officers found that Errick Roseboro had been shot in his lower left leg. He was taken to Erie County Medical Center, where he was treated and released. The shooter was never identified.

The next day, Derrick Roseboro, along with Troy Berry and Phillip Washington, fired at the unidentified target in front of a home on Lasalle near Orleans Street, prosecutors said.

All three shooters missed the target, who fled and was never located.

The shooters also fled in a car parked around the corner on Minnesota Avenue. Following a police chase, they abandoned the car and fled on foot, but police caught them and recovered their weapons, prosecutors said.

The three suspects were charged with weapon possession, not assault, because the targeted victim was never found, according to prosecutors.

Besides pleading guilty to the weapon charge, Derrick Roseboro pleaded guilty to three felony drug counts for selling crack cocaine to an undercover police officer on three occasions last summer in Buffalo, Sedita said.

He faces up to 15 years in prison on the weapon charge and up to 27 additional years on the three counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance when he is sentenced Oct. 2 by State Supreme Justice Christopher J. Burns.

Berry, 18, of Copeland Place, and Washington, 20, of Davey Street, face trial Dec. 8 before Burns on charges of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Michael P. Felicetta, chief of the DA’s Felony Trial Bureau, and James W. Mansour II.