LAKE MARY, Fla. — George Zimmerman was involved in a shooting incident in Lake Mary on Monday afternoon, according to Lake Mary Police Chief Steve Bracknell.
The shooting happened on Lake Mary Boulevard, east of Interstate 4.
Officers at the scene said it appeared Zimmerman suffered a minor gunshot wound, Bracknell said.
In January, Zimmerman was accused of assault by his girlfriend, but no charges were filed after she recanted her allegation.
He was also arrested in November 2013 on domestic violence allegations after his girlfriend called police. His girlfriend later recanted her story and charges were never filed.
Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in 2013.
Well I just can’t wait to find out the details of this one. I’m sure he was responsibly protecting someone from something, somewhere.
Details trickling in. Early reports say Zimmerman was shot in the face in a road rage incident. His injuries are minor.
Orlando Sentinel with the latest. It appears it was not road rage, but Zimmerman was shot by someone he knew:
Police initially thought the shooting was a road-rage incident, but Bracknell said that might not be true.
He said the other man involved is someone Zimmerman knows and has had contact with in the past.
Bracknell said that man is cooperating with police.
Zimmerman is with his lawyer and is not answering any questions, Bracknell said.
Sounds like the other guy stood his ground, ya think? /sarcasm
According to Cornell, the man told him that he and Zimmerman have had three disputes. This time, Zimmerman waved a gun and the man shot at him, according to Cornell.
This is Zim’s fourth … fifth …. sixth gun incident?
The driver, 35-year-old Matthew Apperson, told Lake Mary police officers that a passenger in a truck stopped at a light next to his car on a busy street in the Orlando suburb on Tuesday, rolled down his window and yelled, “Hey, what’s your problem? Why you shaking your finger?”
Apperson said he was listening to music with his windows rolled up at the time, and that the passenger’s yelling was unprovoked.
The truck’s driver then asked Apperson, “Do you know who I am?” according to a police report. Apperson said he believed it was Zimmerman.
Zimmerman was acquitted last year of second-degree murder for fatally shooting the 17-year-old Martin, a case that drew international attention and spurred national discussions about race and self-defense laws. Martin was black and unarmed.
“George Zimmerman was the driver, and they were threatening to kick my ass and to shoot me,” Apperson told a police dispatcher in a 911 call.
Apperson told the dispatcher that he pulled into a nearby gas station to use the phone since he didn’t have his cellphone, and the truck followed him. Zimmerman drove the truck up to Apperson’s car, blocking him in, Apperson said.
“He almost hit my car and he said he would shoot me then,” said Apperson, who told the dispatcher that he never saw a gun in Zimmerman’s truck. “Both of them were threatening to shoot me and kill me.”
Apperson called police from the gas station, but the truck was gone by the time officers arrived. Apperson, who has a concealed-weapons license, was carrying a firearm at the time, according to the police report.
It’s almost as if Zimmerman was stalking this guy.
Once again, the real victim is George Zimmerman:
Matthew Apperson turned himself in to police on Friday and was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and firing a deadly missile into an occupied conveyance, police said.
“After conducting numerous interviews throughout the week, detectives determined that Mr. Apperson did intentionally fire his weapon into the vehicle occupied by George Zimmerman,” police said in a news release.
Absolutely fascinating. When everyone has a concealed-carry permit and is armed, everyone is guilty and everyone is innocent.