George Zimmerman wounded in Florida shooting

2015-05-11 21:31
(Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank/ AP)

(Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank/ AP)

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Miami - George Zimmerman, the former neighbourhood watch volunteer who shot and killed black teen Trayvon Martin in 2013, suffered a gunshot wound on Monday in a dispute with an unidentified person in Florida, local media reported.

Police sources told the media the incident occurred as Zimmerman and the other person were driving down an avenue in Lake Mary, Florida.

Zimmerman suffered a superficial bullet wound, according to police.

A witness told WESH television that he saw Zimmerman get into an ambulance unassisted.

Images shown on television showed what appeared to be a bullet hole through the front passenger seat window.

Zimmerman, 31, was a neighbourhood watch volunteer in February 2013 when he shot and killed 17-year-old Martin as he walked down the street in a gated community in Sanford, Florida.

He was acquitted of second degree murder in June, setting off protests nationwide over Florida's "stand your ground" gun laws.

He has since had several run-ins with the law.

In January, he was accused of assault by his girlfriend, but she later withdrew the complaint.

In September 2014, he allegedly threatened a man during a road rage incident on a Florida highway, but police released him because the man did not want to press charges.

In 2013, his estranged wife at the time, Shellie Zimmerman, called police to say her husband had threatened her with a gun, but she too failed to press charges.

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