Authorities in Lake Mary, Florida have told the press that George Zimmerman was shot during what is believed to be a road rage incident earlier today. He suffered minor injuries to his face.

Officers told the press that Zimmerman suffered a minor gunshot wound during the incident; witnesses told local media that “He walked normally into the ambulance, so he wasn’t being helped or nothing. They actually backed up the ambulance next to his driver side so he could walk into the door.”

First Coast News jumped the gun with its first headline, choosing to wallow in the “here we go again” narrative:

zimmerman headline 1

…but quickly moved to change it after authorities confirmed that Zimmerman had indeed been shot (h/t @AmyA1A):

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We’ll keep you updated as more news becomes available.

UPDATE: George Zimmerman has been treated at a hospital and released. It’s still unclear whether or not Zimmerman was actually hit by a bullet. Originally, authorities said that Zimmerman had suffered a minor gunshot wound; now, however, Zimmerman’s lawyer is saying that he was merely injured by breaking window glass.

UPDATE: As expected, this is a total mess.

A man named Matthew Apperson has been identified as the man who shot at Zimmerman. According to reports, Zimmerman and Apperson have had altercations in the past, and Zimmerman recognized his potential shooter. From CNN:

Attorney: Zimmerman recognized Apperson
Zimmerman attorney Don West told CNN that a driver behind Zimmerman began flashing his lights and honking his horn at him.

“The man pulled up next to George yelling obscenities at him,” West said.

Zimmerman recognized Apperson as being someone he had a problem with several months ago.

According to West, Zimmerman raised his window and then the man shot at him.

The bullet went through Zimmerman’s side window and almost hit him in the head, West said. Zimmerman was hit by glass from the window, he said.

‘I shot George Zimmerman, call 911’
An employee at a nearby business, Kenneth Cornell, said he was exiting his car after lunch when a man drove up and started yelling about the shooting.

The man, who identified himself as Apperson, shouted to Cornell: “I shot George Zimmerman, call 911. I don’t have a phone.”

Cornell said Apperson didn’t know whether Zimmerman was hurt. He called 911.

According to Cornell, Apperson told him that he and Zimmerman have had three disputes. This time, Zimmerman waved a gun, and Apperson shot at him, according to Cornell.

West, Zimmerman’s lawyer, denied that his client waved a gun. “George absolutely denies pointing a gun, displaying a gun — no aggressive movement toward him at all,” West said.

Police arrived minutes after he called 911, Cornell said. Police have not verified Cornell’s account to CNN.

Welcome to the George Zimmerman merry-mixer, people.


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