Well, Zimmerman is back in the news. No, not that Zimmerman…Jason Zimmerman, of Georgia. Completely different group…though it must be said that the families’ coat of arms are strikingly similar. Namely, a pistol pointed at black silhouettes.
Not this guy, surely! Oh yes. This was the face that recently greeted a group of students waiting at a bus stop in Savannah Georgia yesterday. According to the official report (which lists him as 32 years old, not the 28 originally reported by WTOC), Zimmerman took issue with the group of students being loud and rowdy at what was certainly an unseemly hour of morning.
Zimmerman came out of his home near the bus stop, and politely asked them to quiet down. When they refused and began cursing at him, he turned around and went inside to inform the local constabulary. The kids might or might not have gotten a glimpse of his (legally licensed) concealed weapon as he turned.
“I turned around to go walk up to my house to get my cell phone to call the police and he ran home, I guess because he could see my gun. I never reached back for my gun, I never touched my gun at any time.”
That’s his story.
The students (police have interviewed about 20) tell a different one. According to them, Zimmerman approached them and either brandished the gun directly or showed them bullets from the gun. He followed that with
“I have a bullet with your name on it.”
Alternate reports have it that Zimmerman pointed the weapon at them, or pulled it out of its holster to eject the magazine and display the rounds. Others say he already had at least one round in his hand when he came out, and flashed it and the gun when he made the threat. Accurate details are hard to come by at this point, until police release the official report.
Immediately afterward, at least one of the children fled home to his/her father, who reportedly went back to Zimmerman’s house to threaten him with a gun of his own. Other children went to school and reported the incident to campus police, who notified the parents. Zimmerman says none of it ever happened, apparently alluding to one of the reports that a student failed to describe the color of the green and black gun.
“There is no way that I could have taken this out and they seen it, they would have known what color it was. That’s the only way that I can get it out to get the magazine out to get a bullet out of the gun.”
Indeed, the holster that Zimmerman uses does obscure the majority of the gun…which only means that he could have quickly flashed the weapon in its holster while holding out a round he’d already had in his hand. That seems most consistent with the majority of reports at the moment.
Zimmerman is currently being held on two counts, brandishing a firearm and making terrorist threats. The concealed-carry license holder has at least one previous arrest from March of this year for speeding and drunk driving. Metro PD is currently investigating.
NOTE: If Georgia’s concealed laws are anything like Florida’s, the charge for brandishing a weapon will stick solely on the basis that the students saw the gun. Whether it was in a holster or not is immaterial, as is the possibility, as Zimmerman says, that they saw the weapon under his shirt when he turned. Accidental brandishing is still brandishing, at least in Florida. If any concealed-carry license holders from Georgia would like to clarify, feel free to do so in the Comments section below.