Muhammad Hassan (left), Jamaris Zinnerman
Photo: Fulton County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Fulton County Sheriff's Office

2 gang members sentenced for drive-by shooting that killed 15-year-old girl

Two gang members were sentenced to life in prison plus 25 years for a deadly drive-by shooting in 2016 that killed a 15-year-old girl in Union City.

Muhammad Hassan and Jamaris Zinnerman, both 22, were convicted of six felonies Monday in the death of Amira Isis Cameron, the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release.

In October 2015, Cameron and her brother met with some friends and acquaintances in the parking lot of Oakley Shoals Apartments off Oakley Road, the release said. A gold Chevrolet Malibu with five people inside drove past the parking lot before making a quick U-turn.

As the car passed the group again, all four windows were rolled down and someone began firing at the teens, the release said. One of the teens fired back at the car, hitting Zinnerman in the back.

One of the shots that came from the car hit Cameron in the head, killing her.

Amira Isis Cameron
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

Hassan, who was driving the car, drove away after the shooting, the release said. Zinnerman was taken to Atlanta Medical Center, and surveillance video showed them as they arrived at the hospital. That led to Zinnerman being identified by Union City police as a suspect.

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Zinnerman was also wearing an ankle monitor because he was out on bond for a robbery charge, to which he later pleaded guilty, the DA’s office said. Hassan was on first-offender probation at the time.

Police determined the shooting was the result of a dispute between rival gangs, and the teen who fired shots back at the Chevrolet was the intended target, the release said. 

Cameron, who was a sophomore at Langston High School School, was not a gang member.

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The remaining three people who were in the car have not been identified.

Zinnerman and Hassan were found guilty of murder, felony murder, participation in criminal street gang activity, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by someone on first-offender probation, the release said.

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