UPDATED: Monday, May 11, 4:47 PM ET –
The man involved in the shooting that injured George Zimmerman has been identified as Matthew Apperson, WESH TV reports.
As previously reported, this is not Apperson’s first encounter with the former neighborhood watchman — Apperson appears to be the same person involved in a road rage incident with Zimmerman last year.
A 911 caller told WESH that Apperson said this was his third dispute with Zimmerman.
In that September 2014 road rage incident, Apperson claims Zimmerman threatened to kill him. Zimmerman was not arrested. In the latest incident, it appears that Zimmerman was not the person who fired a weapon.
“At this time, the investigation has proven that George Zimmerman was not the shooter,” Lake Mary Police Department Bianca Gillette said.
UPDATED: Monday, May 11, 3:47 PM ET –
Don West, George Zimmerman’s attorney, told CNN affiliate WESH TV that his client was injured by glass from the vehicle’s windshield, not the bullet from the gun.
He has since been released from the hospital.
UPDATED: Monday, May 11, 2015, 3:09 PM ET –
An employee at a nearby business has informed CNN that the man who fired a weapon, injuring George Zimmerman, said the former neighborhood watchman was waving a gun during the dispute.
Employee Kenneth Cornell said the unidentified shooter informed him that he and Zimmerman have had previous three disputes.
The man shouted to Cornell: “I shot George Zimmerman, call 911. I don’t have a phone.”
Cornell said the man didn’t know whether Zimmerman was hurt. He called 911.
NewsOne has not verified Cornell’s claims.
UPDATED: Monday, May 11, 2015, 2:40 p.m. ET –
A police spokesperson said it appeared that George Zimmerman was shot in a “road rage” incident, reports CNN. There were no fatalities in the incident, said police, and Zimmerman was able to “walk normally” into an ambulance, reported WESH.
Zimmerman suffered a minor gunshot wound, police say.
The shooting involved two men and happened on Lake Mary Boulevard, police said.
This is Zimmerman’s second time in headlines this year — in January he was accused of assaulting his girlfriend. No criminal charges were filed.
After the fatal shooting of Martin, Zimmerman had numerous run-ins with the law that included a number of traffic violations and a case of alleged assault between he and ex-wife Shelley Zimmerman.
SOURCE: WESH | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty
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