Shots fired at cop car near where Fla. teen killed

April 10, 2012 - 12:55 PM

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — An unoccupied police cruiser was hit by gunfire Tuesday as it was parked to keep gawkers away from the site where an unarmed Florida teen was shot to death by a neighborhood watch volunteer.

The marked Sanford Police cruiser had been parked across the street from a gated community to deter tour buses from stopping for visitors to view the entrance to the Retreat at Twin Lakes, the community where Trayvon Martin was shot Feb. 26 by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.

Bullets struck the front windshield of the squad car, above a passenger-side tire and shattered the front passenger side window. There were no injuries and no arrests had been made.

Sanford Police spokesman Sgt. David Morgenstern said he didn't know what the motive was behind the shooting.

"I'm not sure what their thought was. I don't know," Morgenstern said.

The cruiser was parked outside an elementary school across the street from the Retreat at Twin Lakes, where the 17-year-old Martin was shot and killed by the 28-year-old Zimmerman. Zimmerman has claimed he shot the teen in self-defense, citing Florida's so-called stand your ground law.

The lack of an arrest so far has inspired protests around the nation. The case is being investigated by a special prosecutor out of Jacksonville.

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Information from: WKMG-TV, http://www.local6.com/index.html