George Zimmerman injured during shooting incident in Lake Mary, Florida

Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin in 2012

Kashmira Gander
Monday 11 May 2015 21:03
Zimmerman was involved in a shooting
Zimmerman was involved in a shooting

George Zimmerman, who was acquitted for killing teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012, has been injured in a shooting apparently sparked by road rage.

A bullet narrowly missed Zimmerman's head during the confrontation with a driver in the Orlando suburb of Lake Mary at around 12:45pm local time, according to the authorities.

Earlier reports from local media stated that Zimmerman was shot in the face, but his lawyer Don West has since told AP that he was sprayed with glass for his vehicle's windshield. The victim has since been released for hospital, he added.

Police chief Steve Bracknell mirrored West's confirmation, and told local broadcaster that Zimmerman suffered a minor injury.

He added the shooting may have been related to an "ongoing incident" between Zimmerman and another person.

Images from the scene showed that a bullet had pierced through the passenger window of the car Zimmerman was in.

Witness Ricardo Berrare told that Zimmerman was able to walk unaided into an ambulance.

Kenneth Cornell, who was also on the scene, told CNN: “There was a guy who said 'I just shot George Zimmerman. Please call 911'. So I called the police and told them there's a guy here who says he has just shot George Zimmerman."

"He said I've been involved in this before. It's the third incident."

In 2012, Zimmerman became a public figure after he shot dead 17-year-old Martin.

A neighbourhood watchman at the time, Zimmerman said he shot and killed 17-year-old Martin because he feared for his life after the teenager punched him.

However, people were enraged when it emerged that Martin was on his way home from a convenience store, and had only Skittles and a drink in his possession.

The death sparked a debate about race relations in the US, and in March Zimmerman filmed a video criticising President Barack Obama for wading in. Highlighting how young black men are all too often the victims of violence, Obama said in 2012 that if he had a son "he'd look like Trayvon".

But Zimmerman said that the President should not have got involved in a "clear self-defence matter" and accused him of breaking the law "in certain aspects."

After Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder over Martin's death, the US Department of Justice decided in February not to file civil rights charges against him, citing a lack of evidence.

Earlier this year, Zimmerman was accused of assaulting his estranged wife, and arrested over domestic violence allegations in late 2013. However, neither case went ahead after both women withdrew their complaints.

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