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Guilty party shot victim Cameron Anderson in the head

Baltimore (March 10, 2020) - Today a Baltimore City jury convicted Dayon Cooper, 18, of first-degree murder, using a handgun in a crime of violence, reckless endangerment, and wear/carry/transport of a handgun. Cooper shot and killed victim Cameron Anderson on the 5400 block of Cedonia Avenue. He faces a maximum sentence of life plus 28 years at his sentencing hearing scheduled for June 8, 2020.

Assistant State’s Attorneys Bethany Durand and Alyssa Ragland prosecuted this case.

On June 12, 2018 at approximately 1:29 p.m., police were dispatched to Cedonia Avenue for a report of a shooting.  Upon arrival, the police located the victim Cameron Anderson in the rear yard of 5428 Cedonia Avenue, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. He was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 2:01 p.m.

The investigation determined that Anderson was listening to music while sitting in a chair on the patio of the rear of the property. At that time, a white Mercedes Benz driven by Cooper pulled into the alleyway nearby. Cooper fired several shots from the vehicle at Anderson, striking him in the head, left forearm, right knee, and twice in his back. The vehicle then fled the alley. Three witnesses who were in the Mercedes Benz at the time of the shooting were interviewed.  All three witnesses identified Cooper as the driver of the vehicle and as the individual holding a handgun at the time of the shooting.

It was later determined that the Mercedes was reported stolen on May 21, 2018 from Baltimore County. A partial latent print located on the driver side door of the vehicle was identified as an impression of the left ring finger of Cooper. 

"Today's verdict is a resounding testament from Baltimore's residents that we will not tolerate gun violence in our neighborhoods. My thoughts are with Cameron Anderson's family as they continue to grapple with the loss of their loved one," said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.