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Cops: Gun recovered from Zimmerman after Fla. shooting

LAKE MARY, Fla. -- Police recovered three guns following a Monday shooting incident involving George Zimmerman, officials say - one from the former neighborhood watch volunteer, and two from the man police say shot at him.

Police say Matthew Apperson called 911 through a third party Monday afternoon, telling police he had shot at George Zimmerman.

Monday's shooting took place around 12:45 p.m. on Lake Mary Boulevard near Rinehart Road in Lake Mary, north of Orlando. A lawyer for Zimmerman, Don West, told CBS News Radio that Zimmerman was shot at while driving. He said the bullet missed Zimmerman's head, but that he sustained minor injuries when he was sprayed with glass from the vehicle's windshield.

Lake Mary Police said Monday Zimmerman was not the shooter in the incident. No one has been charged and it's not clear whether any charges will be filed, a spokeswoman said.

The Lake Mary Police Department has obtained warrants to search both men's vehicles, but so far, they've only executed the search warrant on Apperson's car, Lake Mary Police spokeswoman Bianca Gillett said Tuesday. In Apperson's car, police uncovered two handguns - a 40 caliber Glock 22 and a 357 revolver with one expended shell casing in the cylinder.

She said investigators also recovered Zimmerman's Glock handgun during the investigation. Gillett couldn't say when the search warrant would be executed on Zimmerman's car.

Apperson's attorney, Mark NeJame, has said his client didn't break any laws because he was acting in self-defense during his encounter Monday.

He didn't elaborate. However, a witness who encountered Apperson shortly after the incident told 48 Hours' Crimesider that Apperson said he fired at Zimmerman because he saw a gun.

Ken Cornell, an MRI tech who works at nearby Cyrus Diagnostic Imaging, told Crimesider that he was returning to work from lunch when he saw Apperson get out of a gray Infiniti. He said Apperson asked him, "Please call 911, I just shot George Zimmerman."

Cornell said he didn't see the incident or Zimmerman. He said he called 911, spoke to dispatchers, and put Apperson on the phone. Cornell can be heard in a 911 recording released by Lake Mary Police Tuesday.

Cornell said Apperson told dispatchers he was involved in an ongoing dispute with Zimmerman. Zimmerman and Apperson were involved in a road rage incident last September in the Orlando suburb, police said.

Last September, Apperson said Zimmerman threatened to kill him, asking "Do you know who I am?," during a confrontation in their vehicles. Apperson decided not to pursue charges, and police officers were unable to move forward without a car tag identified or witnesses.

Apperson said that the threat was verbalized and no gun was ever displayed in the September incident, reports WKMG.

Zimmerman was acquitted in 2013 in the shooting death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin in nearby Sanford, in a case that sparked protests and national debate about race relations.