George Zimmerman Shot At During Incident In Florida — REPORT
After an alleged confrontation with a driver in Lake Mary, Florida, George Zimmerman was shot in the face in what may have been a case of road rage, according to WFTV, Orlando's ABC affiliate. Authorities told the news station that his injuries appear to be minor. Lake Mary Police Chief Steve Bracknell confirmed to WESH, the NBC affiliate, that Zimmerman had been shot, and he stated that the shooting might have been related to an "ongoing dispute." Bracknell did not expand on what connection this alleged dispute might have had with the shooting, only stating that the alleged shooter was someone Zimmerman knows. Bracknell told the Orlando Sentinel that Zimmerman did not discharge a weapon.
Ricardo Berrare, who WESH described as a witness, told the news station that Zimmerman walked himself to the ambulance without help, which seems to corroborate officers' report that the gunshot wound was minor. Some reports claim the gunshot went through Zimmerman's vehicle window, and WESH reported their chopper video shows a bullet hole in the truck's passenger window. Karla Ray, a WFTV reporter, tweeted that Zimmerman's truck was towed away while he was being treated for his injuries. Ray also reported that "inside sources" said Zimmerman's injuries might actually only be from glass shards from the window and not the gunshot itself. This information has not yet been confirmed.
Zimmerman first became a public name in February 2012 after it was reported that he had killed Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old who was walking home, while Zimmerman was on a neighborhood watch in Sanford, Florida. The nation was outraged over Martin's death, putting the controversial "stand-your-ground" laws under question, and the case was highly publicized until Zimmerman was charged with murder and later acquitted of the crime a little over a year later.
After the death of Martin, Zimmerman was involved in several other run-ins with law enforcement. In September 2013, Lake Mary police detained and questioned him after his estranged wife claimed Zimmerman had threatened her and her father with a gun. She later declined to press charges. Two months later, Zimmerman's girlfriend alleged that he had pointed a shotgun at her. Police charged him with felony aggravated assault, domestic violence battery, and criminal mischief, all of which were dropped. In September 2014, Zimmerman again had a brush with Lake Mary police over an alleged road rage incident, for which no charges were filed. Earlier this January, Zimmerman was arrested for aggravated assault after a girlfriend alleged he had thrown a wine bottle at her. Again, no charges were filed.