George Zimmerman suffered “minor injuries” after a highway confirmation involving gunfire escalated Monday morning. According to WESH Orlando, Zimmerman “was hit in the face with glass and debris” but has since been released from the hospital. He has not been charged with a crime.
Local Police are uncertain as to why the incident occurred, but Zimmerman and his alleged attacker Matthew Apperson apparently had a history of confrontations:
Lake Mary police said Zimmerman and Apperson have an ongoing dispute and were involved in an altercation in September, when Apperson accused Zimmerman of trying to kill him while on the road. Both men are waiting for legal counsel before speaking with police.
George Zimmerman, a police spokeswoman said, was not the shooter. The alleged shooter, Apperson, according to an unverified CNN account, approached a witness sitting in a car yelling, “I shot George Zimmerman”.
According to this witness, Apperson asked for help calling 911 then went on to explain that he had three previous disputes with Zimmerman but this time "he shot him”.
Zimmerman has had several high-profile run-ins with the law since his 2013 acquittal in the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, including domestic abuse and other road rage incidents.
Several people took to twitter this afternoon to express their outrage. Some, according to a nutpicking piece in Mediaite, lamented that Mr. Zimmerman wasn’t killed.
In 2013, Zimmerman’s local police chief said over email that he believed Zimmerman was a “ticking time bomb” and “another Sandy Hook waiting to happen."
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