Hayward police tonight released a sketch of the suspect wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of a 38-year-old man in front of his 13-year-old daughter earlier this week.Police say Thomas Cunningham of Hayward was shot during a dispute Tuesday night with another man who took exception to one of Cunningham’s dogs sniffing at his leg.Fliers with the suspect’s sketch were distributed at a vigil for Cunningham held this evening at a shopping center at the intersection of B and Vermont streets where Cunningham and his daughter had gone to buy ice cream while walking with Cunningham’s two dogs.Hayward police Sgt. Steve Brown said the vigil was organized by the New Bethel Community Church, which is located in that area and “is concerned about their community,” as there has been an increase in gang-related activity in the area.However, Brown said there’s no indication at this time that Cunningham’s death was related to gang activity.But he said police are looking at the possibility that the man who shot and killed Cunningham lives in the area.”It’s not an area where people linger unless they live in the area, know someone who lives there or are doing business at the strip mall,” Brown said.He said the sketch of the suspect was based on a description by Cunningham’s daughter.Brown said police interviewed her today and he described her as “a very bright and articulate witness.”He said the updated description of the suspect is that he is a black man between 18 and his early 20s, between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall with a very slight build.Police say witnesses said the suspect was wearing baggy blue jeans and a dark brown or black hooded sweatshirt with a white logo on the rim of the hood. The sweatshirt may have had an orange design on the front. Brown said police will distribute fliers throughout the neighborhood over the weekend. Please call the Fugitive Watch hot line at 1-800-9-CAUGHT (1-800-922-8448) or text us at 408-355-0999 or CLICK HERE to send a confidential email tip, if you know the name of this man or have any information that can help solve this crime.
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