Feds investigate fatal shooting of unarmed teen
Suspect claims self defense
- Duration 2:47
- Date Mar 20, 2012
Suspect claims self defense
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Now gaining national attention the FBI and Justice Department are investigating the shooting -- Of an unarmed black teenager in Florida.
By a neighborhood watch captain seventeen year old trade on -- and was on his way back to his father's girlfriend home last month after buying candy at the 7-Eleven.
Allegedly this man George -- -- says he was forced to issue -- in in self defense.
During a confrontation Steve Harrigan is live in Miami with more -- Steve where is this case stand now.
General are getting some uninteresting new details from though the family -- -- victim's lawyer just moments ago saying that in fact.
-- on Martin was on the phone minutes before the shooting.
With -- sixteen year old girl he told her she would he was being followed he was being pursued.
He was frightened she told him to run he said no I won't run but I'll walk fast so of course.
If this case turns into not one of self defense but of a young man being pursued.
That would make it very different and of course the investigation is heating up the Department of Justice is now involved the other working alongside.
The FBI as wells the state attorney's office this investigation could take some weeks.
And it's something really the family has been pushing for.
They say they don't trust local police local police in defending themselves say they have run -- color -- investigation.
They say the shooter Zimmerman had a bloody nose in -- wound to the back of his head at the scene of the shooting.
He claimed he was acting in self defense and police say that under Florida's gun law they had no evidence to charge him with a crime cannot at this time there is no no charges against this year.
There's no formal charges right now -- beating -- learn a lot more about the shooter himself George Zimmermann.
-- 28 years old he is called police more than forty times in the past year and a half offense report.
A quote suspicious individual and that's exactly the pattern we saw in this case.
We've had come break into my -- -- -- the shift key this -- looks like he's -- Lugar is on drugs are on track and and police -- -- -- since he's concentrating now.
It does someone -- can download his feelings.
-- but it doesn't matter over here.
Yeah we got on the Latin.
And we always get away.
No listen to a number of previous -- won't want -- calls also made by Zimmerman to police.
Often they are about quote suspicious individuals and often at least four of the six past occasions.
That's suspicious individual with a young black man.
-- apparently has moved at his home saying there have been death threats against him but police say he is cooperating with the investigation.
Jenna more on -- story as we get it Steve thank you.