Trayvon Martin gun range targets sold online

10:41 AM, May 11, 2012   |    comments
  • Share
  • Print
  • - A A A +

ORLANDO, Fla. (WKMG) - An unidentified entrepreneur admits he is trying to profit off Trayvon Martin's death 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 hoodie with crosshairs aimed at the chest.  A bag of Skittles is tucked in the pocket and a hand is holding a can resembling iced tea. 

Click here to see larger version of target

Martin purchased both items minutes before he was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in February, according to police.

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, it's hate-mongering -- that's going to make it more difficult to try this case," said O'Mara.

CBS affiliate WKMG has been unable to determine the identity of the seller, who had also set up a website to sell the gun range targets.

In an email exchange with reporter Mike DeForest, the seller wrote, "My main motivation was to make money off the controversy."

The seller would not disclose how many paper targets had been made, but said in an email, "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.

Before DeForest identified himself as a reporter, the seller 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.

Firearm owners are buzzing about the Trayvon Martin targets on several gun enthusiast websites. 

Very few have shown interest in purchasing the targets.  Most have expressed disgust.

"Even though I fully believe Zimmerman was justified in shooting, Trayvon was still a human being and does not deserve that kind of disrespect in death," wrote one firearm owners association website member.

WKMG left numerous phone and text messages with attorneys representing Trayvon Martin's family but did not receive a response Thursday.

Copyright 2012 by ClickOrlando.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

You May Also Like...

Cone of Shame: Teacher makes students wear dog collar

Bikini Photos: 2012 Hooters International Swimsuit Pageant

Tanning Trouble: NJ mom arrested for taking 6-year-old tanning

RIP Tubby Kitty: Famed 39-pound fat cat dies

Cheerleader sex: Former Ben-Gal pleads not guilty to sex with teen

Arrested 134 times: The many mug shots of "Snake Snake" Fuller

Bad girls: Teen girls arrested in slaying death of cabbie

Grand Old (Wild?) Party: Convention delegates to stay at party resort

Photos: Ex-Charlie Sheen Goddess Bree Olson

Penny for your Thoughts? 120k pennies make up billboard

Naughty Schoolgirls: Naughty schoolgirl night at Tampa club pictures

Sting: 31 pimps and prostitutes arrested (with pics)

Outrageous mug shot galleries...

Strange: Most notorious or unusual mug shots we've seen

Teachers:Teacher arrest mugshots

Jaw droppers:Open mouth mug shots

Smilers: Happy mug shots

Laughers: What's so funny mug shots

Prostitutes: Prostitute mug shots

Athletes: Professional athlete mug shots 

Porn arrests: Child porn arrest mug shots 

Local Mugs: Hillsborough County Mug shots

More unusual mug shots and galleries: 10 News slideshows and galleries

Most Watched Videos