Amira Cameron, 15, was shot and killed Sunday night in Union City. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

‘Promising leads’ in 15-year-old girl’s shooting death in Union City

Union City police aren’t releasing many details about the shooting that left a 15-year-old girl dead Sunday night, but said Monday morning there are “promising leads” in the case.

Members of Amira Cameron’s family, meanwhile, are left to wonder what went wrong.

“She wasn’t the type to get in trouble,” cousin Antilouis Colton told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “That’s why I just don’t understand why this happened.”

Authorities responding to the Oakley Shoals Apartment Complex shortly before 8:30 p.m. Sunday found Cameron, a sophomore at Fulton County’s Langston Hughes High School, dead in the parking lot. Channel 2 Action News reported Cameron was hanging out with friends in the complex’s parking lot when she was shot.

The girl’s father, Horace Cameron, said witnesses told him a group of men in a rust-colored Chevrolet Malibu fired at someone else and struck his daughter instead.

“All I know,” Horace Cameron told Channel 2, “is that my son called me and said, ‘Daddy, Amira just got shot in the head.’”

Union City police declined Monday to provide further details about the shooting, saying “the release of any additional information would, at this point, hinder the investigation efforts.” No arrests had been made.

“The investigation into the events that led up to the shooting is ongoing and investigators are following up on promising leads,” Officer Chris Murphy said in an emailed statement.

A Fulton County schools spokeswoman said extra counselors were on-hand Monday at Langston Hughes High, which is about eight miles from the scene of Cameron’s death.

Colton said her cousin did not live at the complex where she was shot. She described Cameron as a typical teenager.

“She was outgoing, outspoken,” Colton said. “Sweet, kind, caring.”

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