HAYWARD -- A man shot in the face last month during a family dispute in Hayward has died and police have ruled his death a homicide, authorities announced Tuesday.

Darren Hampton, 26, of Oakland, had been hospitalized following the Jan. 17 shooting at Lord Tennyson Apartments, in the 27000 block of Sleepy Hollow Ave., said Sgt. Eric Krimm.

Hampton was initially listed in stable condition, Krimm said, but his health deteriorated, and he was placed on life support. He died Jan. 25, Krimm said.

No arrest has been made. The shooting remains under investigation, and police are looking for witnesses.

A preliminary investigation revealed that at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 17, Hampton went to the apartment where his aunt and a cousin lived to confront them about a name calling issue.

"Someone called another person a bad parent, and a dispute took place about the day care of (Hampton's) children," Krimm said.

Family members said that Hampton had a gun, so they called police, Krimm said. By the time officers arrived, Hampton had left the home.

A short while later, Hampton returned to the home and was shot at 3:55 p.m. He was driven to St. Rose Hospital with a gunshot wound to the face.

Police are trying to determine who shot Hampton and said they want to speak with his 23-year-old cousin, Anthony Kelly of Hayward.

"We believe he witnessed the shooting, and we need to talk to him," Krimm said.

The fatal shooting was Hayward's first homicide of the year, and the second fatal shooting at the complex in less than one month.


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In an unrelated killing, Roosevelt Foster, 26, of Arkansas, was fatally shot outside the complex about 10:45 a.m. Dec. 20, Krimm said.

Police have identified a person of interest in Foster's death, who Krimm said is already in custody on an unrelated parole violation. His name was not released.

Anyone with information about the fatal shootings can call police at 510-293-7000 or at the anonymous tip line at 510-293-7197.

Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-293-2469. Follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund.