Man Claims He Shot at George Zimmerman in Self-Defense

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SANFORD, FL - NOVEMBER 19:  George Zimmerman, the acquitted shooter in the death of Trayvon Martin, faces a Seminole circuit judge during a first-appearance hearing on charges including aggravated assault stemming from a fight with his girlfriend November 19, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman, 30, was arrested after police responded to a domestic disturbance call at a house. He was acquitted in July of all charges in the shooting death of unarmed, black teenager, Trayvon Martin.   (Photo by Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images)
George Zimmerman.Photo: Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images

George Zimmerman was treated for minor injuries and released from a Florida hospital on Monday afternoon after he was shot at in his car. The bullet missed Zimmerman’s head and hit his windshield, spraying him with glass. It’s still unclear what prompted the incident, but now the shooter, Matthew Apperson, claims he was only acting in self-defense — the same explanation Zimmerman gave when he was acquitted in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin. Kenneth Cornell, who works at a nearby business, says Apperson drove up to him as he was exiting his car and yelled, “I shot George Zimmerman, call 911. I don’t have a phone.” According to CNN, Apperson told Cornell this was his third altercation with Zimmerman, and he fired the shot because Zimmerman waved a gun.

Apperson appeared at a press conference on Monday evening with his wife and mother by his side. His attorney, Mark NeJame, said “what happened today, he was legally justified to do.” He added that Apperson is “not looking for trouble, he did not want trouble, he’s not following George Zimmerman around, he’s not wanting anything to do with George Zimmerman as it relates to any of this.”

Zimmerman’s attorney responded, “George absolutely denies pointing a gun, displaying a gun — no aggressive movement toward him at all.” Police are still investigating, and there have been no arrests in the case.