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George Zimmerman Shot in Florida by Man from Prior Road-Rage Incident

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Seminole County Sheriff's Office

George Zimmerman, the man acquitted of murder charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, has been shot along a busy road in Florida.

Police have identified the shooter as Matthew Apperson – the same man who was involved in a road-rage incident with Zimmerman in September 2014.

Local ABC affiliate WFTV initially reported that Zimmerman was driving in Lake Mary, Florida, when he was shot in the face by another driver. However, Zimmerman’s attorney told NBC affiliate WESH that the bullet missed Zimmerman’s head but he was injured by the spraying glass from his windshield as well as other debris.

A police source confirmed the shooting to PEOPLE but wouldn’t divulge information about Zimmerman’s injuries. The source adds that the shooting was the result of an ongoing dispute between Zimmerman and Apperson.

“We’re investigating it, of course,” says the police source. “It could have been a road-rage incident, or it could have been something more than that. We’ll know more as we continue to gather information.”

In 2013, Zimmerman was found not guilty in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

Zimmerman has faced a bumpy road since his acquittal. Earlier this year, he was arrested for aggravated assault with a weapon for an incident with a woman. The charges were later dropped.

As police towed Zimmerman’s gray Nissan truck from the scene of the latest shooting, Zimmerman was transported to a nearby hospital via ambulance.

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