Hassan Childs, a University of South Florida football player, was shot three times on Saturday, March 25.
Childs, a 22-year-old defensive back, was injured in the shooting that Tampa police Lt. Steve Lee said was the result of a road rage incident.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Tampa police said they received a call from Jovanni Jimenez, 26, claiming that Childs pointed a gun at him, his wife, and his child at the Eagles Point Apartments at Tampa Palms.
Via Tampa Bay Times:
About 11:15 P.M. Saturday, police received a call from a man later identified as Jovanni Jimenez, 26, saying that a man, later identified as Childs, pointed a gun at Jimenez and his wife and child at the Eagles Point Apartments at Tampa Palms, 14551 N 46th St.
Jimenez then pulled his gun and shot Childs, 22, in what he told police was self-defense. Childs was hit three times in the upper arm and torso, Lee said. Childs, a senior safety who practiced with the Bulls on Saturday afternoon, is in stable condition, according to the university.
It is unclear what started the argument. The case has been forwarded to the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office to determine whether charges should be filed.
First-year USF head coach Charlie Strong released a statement about the incident:
“Thankfully Hassan is in stable condition and being well cared for, and no one else was injured. There is an ongoing investigation of the incident and we are in the process of gathering further information. Out of respect for the integrity of the investigation, we cannot comment further at this time.”
While Childs has no criminal record in the state of Florida, Jimenez does. According to Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office records, Jimenez was arrested on misdemeanor domestic violence charges in 2015 and was also arrested in February 2012 on misdemeanor charges of opposing an officer without violence.
Hassan Childs, a University of South Florida football player, was shot three times on Saturday, March 25 after an allegedly road rage incident.
Who Is Hassan Childs?
Childs is a 22-year-old cornerback for the University of South Florida football team.