John Bacon and William Welch, USA Today, May 11, 2015
George Zimmerman, who won a controversial acquittal in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, was slightly injured Monday when he was shot at while driving his pickup truck in Central Florida, authorities said.
The shooting appeared to involve a man with whom Zimmerman had a previous road rage encounter, police said.
Zimmerman was treated for minor injuries and released from Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford following the incident in Lake Mary, Fla.
Lake Mary police spokeswoman Bianca Gillett said an investigation was in its “preliminary stage” and that no charges have been filed.
Zimmerman was not the shooter, she said.
She said that Zimmerman flagged down an officer to report the shooting shortly before 1 p.m., and that another man, Matthew Apperson, called 911 to report the shooting.
Last September, Apperson said Zimmerman threatened to kill him, asking “Do you know who I am?” during a confrontation in their vehicles. Apperson decided not to pursue charges, and police officers were unable to move forward without a car tag identified or witnesses, Associated Press reported.
Lake Mary Police Chief Steve Bracknell said it appeared Zimmerman suffered a minor gunshot wound, WESH in Orlando reported. A lawyer for Zimmmerman, however, told AP that the bullet missed Zimmerman, who was hit with broken glass.
Bracknell said the shooting may have involved an “ongoing dispute” he did not detail.