12 May 2015

Zimmerman hurt in Florida shooting

11:02 am on 12 May 2015

George Zimmerman, the man acquitted of murder over the killing of black teen Trayvon Martin, has been injured in a shooting in Florida.

George Zimmerman in court in 2012.

George Zimmerman in court in 2012. Photo: AFP / Pool

Lawyer Don West said he was sprayed with glass when the bullet pierced a car window, but was not struck by the bullet as local media had reported.

"His injuries would be considered minor," he added.

The 31-year-old was a neighbourhood watch volunteer when he shot and killed unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012 as he walked down the street in a gated Florida community.

The killing stirred debate over Florida's "Stand Your Ground" gun laws.

Since then, Mr Zimmerman has had several run-ins with law enforcement, including two incidents where he faced allegations of assault by girlfriends, and his wife who claimed he smashed her iPad.

Charges in those cases were dropped or not pursued because of a lack of evidence.

The latest incident happened in the Orlando suburb of Lake Mary on Monday. Mr Zimmerman was admitted to hospital and then released.

He may know who is behind the shooting and is cooperating with police, said Mr West.


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