George Zimmerman wounded in shooting incident in Florida: reports

George Zimmerman, Acquitted in Trayvon Martin Case, Injured in Shooting in Florida

George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of murder charges in the 2012 shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Florida, suffered a minor wound after being shot at in a road-rage incident on Monday, media reports said.

Zimmerman did not fire a gun in the incident, the Orlando Sentinel reported, citing a statement by police in Lake Mary, Florida, a suburb of Orlando where the incident occurred.

An attorney for Zimmerman said a bullet missed his head but he was hit by broken glass from the vehicle, according to WESH. The television station also said a bullet hole could be seen in the passenger window of Zimmerman's vehicle.

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George Zimmerman wounded in shooting incident in Florida: reports
Matthew Apperson, 35, makes his first appearance in Seminole County court at the John E. Polk correctional facility in Sanford, Fla., on Saturday May 16, 2015. Apperson was charged Friday with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and firing a deadly missile into an occupied conveyance stemming from an incident involving George Zimmerman earlier in the week. (Joshua C. Cruey/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
Matthew Apperson, who was involved in a shooting incident in Lake Mary, Fla., involving George Zimmerman, enters the Lake Mary Police Department just before his attorney Mark NeJame on May 11, 2015 in Lake Mary, Fla. The shooting was reported May 11, 2015 at Lake Mary Blvd. and Rhinehart Road. Zimmerman suffered minor facial injuries. Lake Mary Police Department Chief Steve Bracknell said the shooter in the incident today is believed to be Matthew Apperson of Winter Springs, a man Zimmerman had a road-rage incident with last year. (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
Vehicle believed to belong to George #Zimmerman hauled from shooting scene #fox35
George Zimmerman was involved in another shooting today. Had traffic blocked. #orlando #thefloridalife
A witness says the alleged shooter who is a white male complied with Lake Mary police and was taken away.#wesh
.@LakeMaryPD Chief Steve Bracknell said Zimmerman is being released from a hospital in Sanford now. Zimmerman did not shoot in the incident
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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 20: A woman holding a can of ice tea and bag of Skittles candy and hundreds of protesters take part in a 'Justice for Trayvon' vigil outside Los Angeles Federal Courthouse July 20, 2013 in Los Angeles, United States. The vigil, along with others held nationwide, was organized by the National Action Network and called for federal charges to be filed against George Zimmerman in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
People angry at the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of black teen Trayvon Martin protest outside City Hall in Los Angeles, California July 16, 2013. A jury in Sanford, Florida last week found Zimmerman, a volunteer neighborhood watchman, not guilty of shooting dead Martin, a 17 year-old unarmed teen on the night of February 26, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Police spokeswoman Bianca Gillett said the shooting was under investigation but did not provide details.

Police said it appeared to be a "road-rage incident," according to the FOX 35 television station in Orlando. WESH-TV in Orlando said Zimmerman's injury was minor.

Zimmerman was released from a hospital with a facial wound, the Orlando Sentinel said.

Zimmerman, 31, a former Florida neighborhood watch volunteer, was acquitted of murder in the death of Trayvon Martin, an incident that prompted civil rights rallies and drew international attention to Florida's controversial "stand your ground" law.

Earlier this year, federal prosecutors decided not to press civil rights charges against him.

Zimmerman has had several brushes with the law since his 2013 acquittal on second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the Martin shooting, which he said was in self-defense.

Zimmerman was arrested in January in connection with a domestic dispute, accused of throwing a wine bottle at his girlfriend. Prosecutors later dropped the charges after she recanted.

He was arrested in November 2013 after allegedly pointing a gun at a different girlfriend during an argument. Those charges were later dropped after the woman withdrew her complaint.

Zimmerman also has drawn the attention of authorities over accusations that he had threatened his then-estranged wife.

In another incident, he was accused of threatening to kill a man in a road-rage incident and he has been stopped for speeding in Texas and Florida.

(Writing by Letitia Stein; Editing by Bernadette Baum and Bill Trott)

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