Hayward police look for witnesses after shooting

December 2, 2009 12:34:15 AM PST
Hayward police returned to the scene of a shocking crime where a father was shot dead in front of his daughter after taking her out for ice cream. A week later investigators looked for witnesses.

Seven days ago, Tom Cunningham was murdered after buying ice cream with his daughter. He was shot and killed after his dog sniffed at the suspect as they passed.

Hayward police haven't stopped looking for his killer and now, they are trying something different -- handing out flyers and stopping cars. They need to find witnesses who may have noticed something while driving by at the time of the murder.

"It's pretty secluded over there. However, when traffic stops they might have been able to see someone like I said, lurking around the building or maybe be able to see some of the argument that precipitated the shooting," said Hayward Police Sgt. Steve Brown.

Police are sure the shooter lives in this area. They've already walked these streets with the suspect's sketch in hand, but they haven't gotten very far.

At New Bethel Community Church, they're trying to create positive change after this tragedy.

"We're hoping we'll leave here with a greater sense of purpose," said Pastor Willie Anderson.

"I live in this community and I like to see some improvement in it as far as not be afraid to go out at night," said Helen Perrizo, a resident.

They've agreed to form a Kelly Corridor coalition, where the focus is on youth outreach. That was something Cunningham believed in. As a janitor at Dublin Elementary, he befriended even the loneliest of children.

"He was a very nice guy. He talked to everybody and patted people on the head every single day and we all do miss him," said 7-year-old Ryan Herrington.

A $27,000 reward is being offered in this case.


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