George Zimmerman wounded in shooting incident in Florida: reports

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