Trayvon Martin gun range targets sold online

Seller admits he wanted to profit off cont­roversy

ORLANDO, Fla. - An unidentified entrepreneur admits he is trying to profit off Trayvon Martin by selling gun range targets featuring the teen who's death has sparked a nationwide controversy.

Although Martin's face does not appear on the paper targets, they feature a hooded sweatshirt with cross-hairs aimed at the chest.

A bag of Skittles is tucked in the pocket and a hand is holding a can resembling iced tea.

Martin purchased both items minutes before he was gunned down by George Zimmerman in February.

Zimmerman, who has pleaded not guilty to second degree murder charges, originally told investigators he shot Martin in self-defense.

According to an advertisement for the targets that had been posted on a popular firearms auction website, the sellers stated they "support Zimmerman and believe he is innocent and that he shot a thug."  That online ad has since been removed. 

"This is the highest level of disgust and the lowest level of civility," said Zimmerman's attorney Mark O'Mara.

O'Mara said he is worried about how Martin's parents will react to the image of their son on a target intended to be used for shooting practice. 

The attorney is also concerned the targets will further inflame the community. 

"It's this type of hatred -- that's what this is, its hate-mongering -- that's going to make it more difficult to try this case," said O'Mara. 

The identity of the seller has not been determined. The seller had also set up a website to sell the gun range targets. 

In an email exchange with a reporter from KSAT sister station WKMG in Orlando, the seller wrote, "My main motivation was to make money off the controversy." 

The seller did not disclose how many paper targets had been made, but said in an email to WKMG, "The response is overwhelming.  I sold out in 2 days."  Some of those targets were sold to two Florida gun dealers, according to the seller. 

The seller also claimed that targets were still available for purchase. After being informed WKMG was investigating his online business, the seller claimed the targets would no longer be sold.


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