By Jorge Rivas
March 26, 2012
The Orlando Sentinel on Monday morning published the most detailed report to date of what authorities say happened one month ago today when George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin.
According to Sanford Police, Zimmerman was on foot looking for Martin when he was approached by Martin. After the pair exchanged words, authorities say Martin threw the first punch, which is what is now protecting Zimmerman from being arrested.
Police have been reluctant to provide details about their evidence which they say witnesses are corroborating with but this is what they’ve disclosed to the Sentinel so far:
Zimmerman was on his way to the grocery store when he spotted Trayvon walking through his gated community.According to authorities Zimmerman then shot Martin at a really close range.
Trayvon was visiting his father’s fiancée, who lived there. He had been suspended from school in Miami after being found with an empty marijuana baggie. Miami schools have a zero-tolerance policy for drug possession.
Zimmerman called police and reported a suspicious person, describing Trayvon as black, acting strangely and perhaps on drugs.
Zimmerman got out of his SUV to follow Trayvon on foot. When a dispatch employee asked Zimmerman if he was following the 17-year-old, Zimmerman said yes. The dispatcher told Zimmerman he did not need to do that.
There is about a one-minute gap during which police say they’re not sure what happened.
Zimmerman told them he lost sight of Trayvon and was walking back to his SUV when Trayvon approached him from the left rear, and they exchanged words.
Trayvon asked Zimmerman if he had a problem. Zimmerman said no and reached for his cell phone, he told police.
Trayvon then said, “Well, you do now” or something similar and punched Zimmerman in the nose.
Zimmerman fell to the ground and Trayvon got on top of him and began slamming his head into the sidewalk, he told police.
Zimmerman began yelling for help.
It’s unclear who was yelling for help. There are witnesses who say it was Martin who was screaming for help. Lawyers for Trayvon Martin’s family also say it was Martin screaming for help.
Both men were of similar stature. Martin, 17, was about 6-foot-3 and 150 pounds while Zimmerman, 28, is 5-foot-9 and weighs well over 200 pounds, according to ABC News.