George Zimmerman ‘Shot in the Face’: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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George Zimmerman’s face was bloodied today when a suspect fired multiple bullets through the window of the former neighborhood watch volunteer’s SUV. Local cops said the infamous killer of Trayvon Martin had been shot in the face, but Zimmerman’s lawyer now says the wounds came from glass fragments and not from a bullet. He was driving the same pickup truck, a Honda Ridgeline, he rode on the night of the Trayvon Martin shooting. The suspect has been named as Matthew Apperson.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Zimmerman & the Suspect Know Each Other

George Zimmerman's truck at the scene. (Screengrab via WKMG)

George Zimmerman’s truck at the scene. (Screengrab via WKMG)

He suffered minor injuries after the incident which occurred in Lake Mary, Florida, at around 1 p.m. on May 11. Zimmerman was shot at through the passenger side front window of his SUV. His lawyer told the Associated Press that the bullet missed Zimmerman’s head. It did however spray glass into his face, causing injury. The Orlando Sentinel reports that the suspect is someone who is personally familiar to Zimmerman.

My Fox Orlando says the shooting happened at 1 p.m. along Lake Mary Boulevard. Police say Zimmerman confronted another driver which resulted in the shooting. A resident of the street told WKMG’s Erik Sandoval that he heard “gunshots and then heard helicopters.”

2. A Man Said ‘I Shot George Zimmerman’

There is a “secondary scene” related to the shooting, according to cops in Lake Mary. WKMG’s Erik Sandoval tweeted that the other scene is along Waymont Court in the town, which is close-by to where the original shooting took place.

The 911 call emanated from the there, where Kenneth Cornell called police after man told him “I shot George Zimmerman.” The suspect told Cornell he’d had run-ins with Zimmerman before, reports Michael Lopardi of WFTV. Waymont Court is where Zimmerman’s ex-girlfriend, Brittany Brunelle, works in a dentist’s office. The suspect went to Waymont Court to call 911, reports Click Orlando. Around the same time that the 911 call was made, Zimmerman successfully flagged down a Lake Mary police officer.

3. Zimmerman Didn’t Open Fire

He was the only person injured in the incident, reports the Orlando Sentinel. Zimmerman didn’t fire any weapon during the shooting. He was shot at. The other car involved is an Infinity, reports Click Orlando. Police are still trying to determine “how or why” the shooting happened.

4. Zimmerman Was Rushed to a Local Hospital

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Zimmerman has gone to a hospital after the shooting and his pickup truck was towed from the area involved. The former neighborhood watch volunteer was released shortly after his arrival. Amanda Ober of WEST tweeted that he’s being treated a Central Florida Regional Hospital.

5. Zimmerman Was Cleared of Perpetrating a Hate Crime Against Trayvon Martin Earlier This Year

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This is just the latest bizarre incident involving Zimmerman since he was acquitted of murder after shooting black teenager Trayvon Martin dead. Earlier in 2015, the Department of Justice announced that no civil rights charges would be pursued against Zimmerman for the 2012 shooting in Sanford, Florida. Also in 2015, his girlfriend filed assault charges against him, she later recanted her allegations.



Shady Windwalker

That jerk deserves even worse than just being slightly injured. He’s no better than OJ…. What a “FREAK” killing a child, and beating up his girlfriend? What you give out to others, expect to receive in kind TENFOLD!


No, you’re the idiot. If a grown man stalked your 17-year-old & stopped & confronted him, I bet you’d be tempted to shoot him, not just get into a fist fight. And he was TOLD TO STAY IN HIS TRUCK BY THE POLICE. If the cops had done their jobs & collected evidence & not ASSUMED George was telling the truth, he may have been convicted, but now we’ll never know. And seeing all the trouble he’s been in since it all happened, it’s easy to believe he instigated the incident. Heck, a gun store owner had to run him off for “playing sentry” in front of his gun store unasked. He’s a guy who picks on women & kids. And apparently George just can’t even defend himself from women & kids without a gun.


I completely, agree with you.
Not for a moment, did I ever think that the young teenage boy on his way home from the store was the guilty party!!!!
He did not have a weapon, and George did…..who is the guilty one, again????
Trayvon got into trouble at school for truancy, but was never arrested. Oh yeah, he smoked weed….so does a huge part of the population.
Big deal!!!! They are making it legal all over the U.S.
On the other hand, Zimmerman cannot seem to stay out of trouble. How many times has he been arrested?
To all of the people who have or do support George Zimmerman…..
How does it feel to support a loser? I mean, you actually gave him money??? hahahaha….how stupid is that??????????.

Don't be stupid

Umm he also had stolen goods in his bag and tools for B&E. Autopsy also showed he had severe liver damage from drinking “lean” so in actuality George did him a favor from having to die the horrific death of liver failure. Just the act of drinking lean can make a person very unstable and unpredictable and coincidently enough, that everything he bought at the store except the cough syrup are the ingredients needed to make said concoction. Get the facts people before opening your mouth. I think he has handled himself quite well considering people like you and the circumstances. Im not going to give the guy a medal but he was tried, in a court of law, by his peers who had the FACTS and fortunately enough not by people like you who get their info from the tabloids. It was a sad situation all around but when you act foolish bad stuff happens. That goes for both parties.


He was not permanently expelled for truancy. He was permanently expelled for attacking and beating up other young men and posting their injuries on Facebook. He was selling cocaine and other drugs and illegal weapons on Facebook and on his phone. George had a gun but he was licensed for concealed carry. He was part of Neighborhood Watch and there had been thefts so when he sees a big former high school football player (thrown off the team for violence) covered head to toe in the Florida heat coming over the fence instead of through the coded gate, that looked suspicious.

Lieutenant Colonel Howard

I would ask you if you watched the trial, but you clearly didn’t. Instead, you formed your own narrative based on your preconceived notions and racism against the Hispanic Zimmerman. Had you watched the trial, you would have heard the account from the prosecution’s star witness that Saint Trayvon arrived safely at home, then egged on by his girlfriend, went out to confront Zimmerman, who they perceived as gay (A hate crime). In the future, you should learn the facts before commenting. That is all.


He didn’t stalk Martin. He saw Martin climb over the fence covered head to toe instead of coming through the gated entrance where you use a code. He stopped, got out of his truck, and called police. He was never told to stay in his truck by police. He was not even in his truck when speaking to the dispatcher who is NOT a police officer and who said in court Zimmerman was only told “We don’t need you to keep track of him. A car is on the way”. Martin’s friend Rachel said Martin had made it to the house he was going to but told her he was going to go back and “whup ass” on that “queer honky”. She said-after the trial- that Martin sneaked up on Zimmerman and attacked him, threatening to kill Zimmerman. In fact Martin had been permanently suspended from school for violently attacking other males and posting their injuries on Facebook. The police did collect the evidence. Also an eyewitness saw Martin on top of Zimmerman beating him and threatening to kill him. As for his girlfriend, she had lied about Zimmerman and had to confess when the incident was caught on home security video that Zimmerman did not attack her.


Fuck all yall for condoning murder he should have let police deal with it.If it was your child I wonder how your comments and feelings would change murder is murder


Trayvon was on a one way street to get killed or beaten by his actions and his attitude. The media tried to portray it as a Young Innocent Black Unarmed Child was gunned down for no reason. I’ve never heard of a “White Hispanic” until this case. That is what they called Zimmerman. We can all thank the Obama administration and his Liberal Progressive Agenda for fomenting the atmosphere we are unfortunately reaping today. From the beginning of his Presidency he had the intention of amplifying any Racial event to make us fight with each other and mistrust each other over events that would have been understood as rational prior to this hateful agenda. This all started before Obama was even elected President by accusing people who did not agree with his ultra Left wing Socialist ideas of being racist if they didn’t vote for him because he was Black. However, conservatives would have gladly elected a Black Man to the Presidency. They had Herman Cain a full Black Man in first place until he was attacked viciously by the Media and Democrats over an alleged affair. Many Black Men and women who are Conservatives and in the Republican Party would have been more qualified than President Obama but the Democrats could never allow a Black Conservative to win the Republican nomination because the Left always try to portray the Republican Party as racists. Allowing a Black, Hispanic, Asian, Muslim, Woman or Gay person to come out of the Republican Party to them is a huge threat to everything that the Democrat party stands for and the false narrative that they try to sell our Nation year after year with the complicit help of Popular Culture, Hollywood, Pop music, Print Media, Network TV & our entire Public education system all the way up to Universities and now even Professional Sports. The only Media that the left does not control 100% is AM Talk Radio, and they have been trying to obtain control over that too but it seems to be a little more difficult for them. And Fast forward a few years to now and look at what we have. We have a Country that was peaceful and not so focused on our differences that has gone backwards in all areas of cultural identities. Divide and conquer is one of the oldest tactics in the book and I pray that the World sees through their schemes before it’s too late.


No you are the idiot.everyone knows on was guilty but got away with murder anyways. George Zimmerman took a teenagers life. The above person never said George Zimmerman was found guilty of murder just he killed a teenager and that’s the FACTS.

Don't be stupid

OJ also had a multimillion dollar defense team. Also, his girlfriend withdrew her allegations. There also and sceptic not to every rule if you look at the situation from different viewpoints.

Terri Lynn Merritts

That “child” was an almost 18 year old former high school football player who had a habit of attacking and beating up other men and posting their injuries on Facebook. His friend Rachel said Trayvon attacked Zimmerman- that Trayvon got home then decided to go back and “whup ass”. Witnesses saw that “child” on top of Zimmerman punching him and threatening to kill him. Zimmerman did not beat up his girlfriend. She claimed he threw a wine bottle at her then she admitted she lied.

Rob Bullock


Absolutely untrue. Zimmerman spoke to a civilian dispatcher, not the cops as you claim. And he was never told to “stay in his truck”. Try sticking to the facts.

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