George Zimmerman Injuried in Shooting Incident in Lake Mary, FL (Update: Atty. Mark NeJame Says Apperson Shot in Self-Defense)(Update: Charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon)
Well, its been a couple months since George Zimmerman has been in thew news …
As reported at WESH, George Zimmerman was injured today in a shooting incident in Lake Mary, Florida. According to reports, Zimmerman suffered a minor gunshot wound. The police said that the individual who shot at Zimmerman was the same man, Matthew Apperson, who has had an on-going feud with Zimmerman. According to the police, George Zimmerman did not fire any shots, according to police. Zimmerman was taken to Central Florida Regional Hospital, and was quickly released. The two have an ongoing dispute and were involved in an altercation in September 2014, when Apperson accused Zimmerman of trying to kill him in a road-rage encounter.
George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watchman, was found not guilty of murder in the death of Trayvon Martin in 2013.
George Zimmerman suffered minor injuries in a shooting incident in Lake Mary on Monday afternoon, according to Lake Mary police.
Zimmerman flagged down an officer shortly after the incident, police said.
“He walked normally into the ambulance, so he wasn’t being helped or nothing,” said witness Ricardo Berrare. “They actually backed up the ambulance next to his driver side so he could walk into the door.”
Chopper 2 video showed a bullet hole in the passenger window of the vehicle Zimmerman was in.
“At this time, the investigation has proven that George Zimmerman was not the shooter,” Lake Mary Police Department spokeswoman Bianca Gillette said.
Zimmerman was hit in the face with glass and debris and has since been released from Central Florida Regional Hospital, according to police.
Kenneth Cornell, who works at the nearby Cyrus Diagnostic Imaging, said Apperson ran up to him about 1 p.m. saying he had just shot George Zimmerman.
Cornell said he called 911 and handed the phone over to Apperson.
“He said it was a road rage incident, that they were driving down the street and George pulled a gun on him,” Cornell said.
Zimmerman was hit in the face with glass and debris, police told WESH. Investigators are waiting to speak with both men, who sustained “minor injuries” and have been released from the hospital, Gillett said less than four hours after the shooting.
Police Chief Steve Bracknell told WESH that the shooting may have been related to an “ongoing dispute.”
Attorney Mark NeJame – This client fired in self-defense
The attorney for a Seminole County man accused of shooting at George Zimmerman during a road rage incident on Monday said he opened fire in self-defense.
Police said the shooting stemmed from a road rage incident on Lake Mary Boulevard and involved Matthew Apperson, of Winter Springs, a man involved in another confrontation with Zimmerman in September.
“He simply maintained that he acted in self-defense,” attorney Mark NeJame said. “We see everything to suggest that that is correct.”
The Winter Springs man accused of shooting at George Zimmerman in Lake Mary earlier this week must turn in his weapons and avoid contact with him, a judge ruled this morning.
Matthew Apperson, 35 of Winter Springs, 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.
“I don’t care whether you’ve been shopping at Publix for two hours and have a full cart of groceries, or whatever. You see Mr. Zimmerman walking through that door, you’re the one who has to leave,” Circuit Judge Michael Rudisill told Apperson during his first appearance this morning at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility.
Typically, people arrested are ordered to stay away from specific places where the people they are accused of attacking live or work. But in this case, Zimmerman did not want his whereabouts made public, Rudisill said.
“I don’t know where he’s going to be, I can’t tell you where not to be,” Rudisill told Apperson.
But if Apperson happens to see Zimmerman, he is not allowed to interact with him, Rudisill said.
The man accused of shooting at George Zimmerman bonded out of jail over the weekend and has surrendered his guns and ammunition to law enforcement, police said.
Matthew Apperson, 36, appeared in court Saturday charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and firing a deadly missile into an occupied conveyance, police said.
He bonded out of jail that same day and then surrendered his weapons on Sunday, as ordered by a judge. His arraignment has been set for June 23.