George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of second-degree murder in July 2013, survived a shooting in Lake Mary, Florida, on May 11. Having suffered what local police have called a minor gunshot wound. Media reports claim that Zimmerman was injured in the face, Zimmerman left hospital at approximately 3 p.m. local time. According to Lake Mary Police Chief Steve Bracknell, Zimmerman was involved in an incident involving two men on Lake Mary Boulevard in Lake Mary, a suburb of Orlando.
Zimmerman was acquitted in the death of teenaged Trayvon Martin. The circumstances of the teen's death and Zimmerman's acquittal sparked protests nationwide. Zimmerman was accused of assaulting a female companion early in 2015. However, the allegation was later retracted. He was arrested in November 2013 when his girlfriend alleged domestic violence. However, she denied her story and did not file charges.
At approximately 12:45 p.m. EST, Don West - Zimmerman's attorney - said a bullet missed his client's head. He was injured by shattered glass and other debris that flew from the shattered windshield of his vehicle. A bullet hole was visible in the window of Zimmerman's truck. Zimmerman was able to flag down a local poilce cruiser, The police determined that he was not the shooter. According to a witness, Zimmerman was able to enter unaided into an ambulance. Lake Mary Police Chief Bracknell said the shooting may be related to an "ongoing dispute" between Zimmerman and another person.
Kenneth Cornell, according to WESH TV, said that the alleged shooter approached him and said, “I shot George Zimmerman.” Cornell said the alleged shooter then got on the phone with police dispatchers and explained what happened.
In September 2014, a driver accused Zimmerman of threatening to kill him while on the road in Lake Mary.
An investigation into the incident is ongoing. No arrests have been made. Police would not say whether Zimmerman was armed at the time.
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