Two men were convicted of murder and participation in a criminal street gang after a drive-by shooting led to the death of a teen in Union City.
According to police, on October 4, 2015 at about 8 p.m., 15-year-old Amira Cameron and her brother met with a group of friends and acquaintances and stood in the parking lot of the Oakley Shoals Apartments located along Oakley Road in Union City. While the group was outside, a gold Chevrolet Malibu containing five individuals drove past the location and immediately conducted a U-turn. The car then drove back in the direction of the Cameron and her friends with all four windows rolled down. As the car passed the group, gunfire emanated from the vehicle in the direction of Cameron and her friends. One of the shots that came from the Chevrolet Malibu struck Cameron in the head, and she died at the scene.
Muhammad Hassan, 22, who was driving the gold Chevrolet Malibu, drove the vehicle away from the scene following the shooting. One of the members of the group in which Cameron was standing returned fire which struck passenger Jamaris Zinnerman, 22, in the back.
Hassan transported Zinnerman to Atlanta Medical Center, and the defendants were captured by video surveillance when they arrived at the hospital. Hassan was later identified and arrested for his involvement in the murder. Hassan was on first-offender probation at the time. Also, Zinnerman was still wearing an ankle monitor at the time of the arrest because he was on bond for a robbery charge which he later pleaded guilty to.
Union City Police later determined that the drive-by shooting was the result of gang warfare between two rival criminal street gangs. One of the individuals standing in the group, with the victim, was a member of an opposing gang, and he was the target of the individuals in the gold Chevrolet Malibu. Cameron, however, maintained no affiliation with any illegal gang activity and was an unintended victim. The remaining three individuals who were in the car with Hassan and Zinnerman were never identified.
Both men were sentenced to life in prison plus 25 years.