The victim was shot in the head while standing outside an apartment in Union City
Atlanta–Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr., announces MURDER and PARTICIPATION IN CRIMINAL STREET GANG ACTIVITY conviction, by a Fulton County Superior Court Jury, of 22-year-old MUHAMMAD HASSAN and 22-year-old JAMARIS ZINNERMAN.
On October 4, 2015, at approximately 8:00pm, 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 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 members of the group in which Cameron was standing returned fire which struck Jamaris Zinnerman in the back. One of the shots that came from the Chevrolet Malibu struck Cameron in the head, and she died at the scene.
Muhammad Hassan, who was driving the gold Chevrolet Malibu, drove the vehicle away from the scene following the shooting. 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. Union City Police also placed Zinnerman at the scene of the crime because the defendant was wearing an ankle monitor which pinged in the location of the shooting at the time of the murder. Zinnerman was wearing the ankle monitor because he was on bond for a robbery charge which he later pleaded guilty to. Hassan was on first-offender probation at the time of the murder. His probation was revoked as a result of the trial.
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.
ZINNERMAN and HASSAN were convicted of MURDER, FELONY MURDER, PARTICIPATION IN CRIMINAL STREET GANG ACTIVITY, AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON, and POSSESSION OF A FIREARM DURING THE COMMISSION OF A FELONY, and POSSESSION OF A FIREARM BY FIRST OFFENDER PROBATION.
Zinnerman and Hassan were sentenced to
Life in Prison Plus 25 Years.
Senior Judge Alford J. Dempsey, Jr., of the Superior Court of Fulton County, presided over the case. Deputy District Attorney Pat Dutcher led the prosecution of the case. He was assisted by Assistant District Attorney Maria Hunter, Investigator Johnna Griffin, and Victim-Witness Advocate Brandi Bolton of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. Sergeant C. McClure from the Union City Police Department was the Lead Investigator in this case.