Teenager killed by neighborhood watch captain

(Photo: CNN/WKMG)
(Photo: CNN/WKMG)

SANFORD, FL (CNN/WKMG) –Tracy Martin can't understand why his 17-year-old son Trayvon Martin was shot and killed, but what truly baffles him is why George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who pulled the trigger, is not behind bars.

"To have his life taken away from him by this guy and nothing is being done about it, we just don't understand," said Martin.

Feb. 26, his son was walking back from the store after buying his younger relative a bag of skittles.

That's when Zimmerman called police to report the teenager as a suspicious person, and the family and their attorneys want to know why.

"We can't get into the mind of George Zimmerman, but he was stereotyped for some reason," said Benjamin Crump, an attorney for the Martin family.

Police are not releasing information at this time, since they are still investigating the shooting, only stating their belief that the shooting was not based on color.

"It wasn't based on color or comment," said Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee.

After Zimmerman reported the teen as suspicious, police told him they were on the way and they would handle it, but two minutes later, witnesses reported a scuffle and a gunshot.

The teen was shot in the chest and killed, and now the family and neighbors want to know what prompted the shooting.

"The neighborhood watch is the neighborhood watch, not neighborhood shoot," said a concerned neighbor.

Zimmerman claims the shooting was in self-defense, and he does have a concealed weapons permit which allows him to carry a gun.

But many want to know why he was patrolling the neighborhood with a loaded gun.

"Why do neighborhood watch captains or patrols have guns? They're not the police," said Natalie Jackson, another Martin family attorney.

Martin's attorneys say they plan to file a lawsuit in state court demanding to see police records on the case.

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