George Zimmerman, who was acquitted in Trayvon Martin’s death by a Florida jury in 2012, suffered minor injuries after he was shot by a motorist near Lake Mary on Monday afternoon.
The man involved in the shooting has been identified as Matthew Apperson of Seminole County. The incident took place about 12:45 p.m.
Police in Lake Mary, Florida, informed that George and Apperson were involved in a road tussle.
Lake Mary police spokeswoman Bianca Gillett confirmed that the man who shot Zimmerman was the same person who called police last year after being threatened by George. The incident was an outcome of past rivalry.
Zimmerman was hit by a bullet, and there were pieces of glass and debris all over his face. He was treated at Central Florida Regional Hospital and was later discharged.
“He walked normally into the ambulance, so he wasn’t being helped or nothing,” said witness Ricardo Berrare. “They actually backed up the ambulance next to his driver side so he could walk into the door.”
Gillett further informed that investigation is in the”preliminary stages” and no charges or arrest warrant has been made so far. She confirmed that Zimmerman did not fire a shot.
Before 1 p.m., Zimmerman flagged down an officer to report the shooting, and Apperson also called 911 to inform the police about such.
George’s lawyer Don West said his client did not pull out his weapon and tried to flee away after he was fired at.
West said Zimmerman made a U-turn to escape the place, and Apperson followed him.
“As they were headed the other direction, he (Apperson) pulled up alongside George’s vehicle, pulled a gun and fired a shot into the interior compartment of the vehicle,” West said.
“He broke the passenger window and the bullet lodged inside somewhere up where George was sitting.”
“It was terrifying,” West said, saying Zimmerman was “almost killed.”
Both parties will be interrogated in the presence of their respective attorneys.