ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A man accused of shooting at George Zimmerman now faces an attempted murder charge.
A prosecutor on Thursday upgraded the charges against Matthew Apperson to attempted second-degree murder. Apperson earlier had been charged with aggravated assault and battery for firing a gun into Zimmerman's car during a traffic run-in last month. Zimmerman had minor injuries.
State Attorney Phil Archer said in a statement that people ought to be able to travel the streets without fear.
Prosecutors contend Apperson had a fixation on Zimmerman.
A jury acquitted Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin two years ago. The case sparked protests and a national debate about race relations.
Apperson's attorney, Michael LaFay, said he couldn't comment since he hadn't yet received a copy of the new charge.
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Prosecutor upgrades charge against Zimmerman's shooter
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 http://t.co/EtJduC9hiA
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 http://t.co/SSoLfyzJME
.@LakeMaryPD Chief Steve Bracknell said Zimmerman is being released from a hospital in Sanford now. Zimmerman did not shoot in the incident
I just saw Zimmerman get shot in the face on Lake Mary Blvd!!!! Sort of...
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)