A suspect in the murder of a man who was gunned down in front of
his 13-year-old daughter in Hayward nearly four years ago was arrested in
Vallejo on Tuesday, police said today.
Dereak Turner, 24, of Vallejo, was arrested for the shooting
murder of 38-year-old Thomas Cunningham on Nov. 24, 2009.
Cunningham was shot at about 10 p.m. in the 22000 block of Vermont
Street, near B Street, while walking his two dogs with his daughter. The two
had just gotten ice cream.
Hayward police said Cunningham and Turner got into an argument
when Turner allegedly took exception to one of Cunningham's dogs sniffing at
his leg on the sidewalk.
After the shooting, police found Cunningham unconscious at the
scene. He later died Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley.
The shooter was described as a black man in his late teens or
early 20s, between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a slight
Cunningham's daughter provided information that allowed police to
release a sketch of the suspect days after the shooting.
Hayward police served an arrest warrant Tuesday in Vallejo for
Turner after Inspector Rob Lampkin gathered enough statements and evidence to
bring the case to the Alameda County District Attorney's Office, Sgt. Mark
The district attorney's office filed a murder charge against
Turner and obtained an arrest warrant, Ormsby said.
Cunningham had been the head custodian at Dublin Elementary School