USF player charged in road rage case

USF player shot

A University of South Florida football player has been charged in a road rage case in which he was shot three times.

Defensive back Hassan Childs is charged with three counts of aggravated assault and one count of possession of cannabis (less than 20 grams). He is in stable condition after being shot in the upper right arm, torso and beneath his arm, according to Tampa police.

About 11:15 p.m. March 25, Jovanni Jimenez was driving home eastbound on Skipper Road, according to police. His wife, Jennifer Jimenez, was in the front passenger seat and his 3-year-old son was in the rear driver's side seat.

Jovanni said he noticed a Chevrolet Malibu tailgating and attempting to pass him, and so he pulled into the Eagle's Point apartment complex to let the vehicle pass.

Childs -- the driver of the Malibu -- pulled to the passenger side of Jimenez's stopped vehicle, and then Jennifer saw Childs point a silver firearm toward them. Jovanni did not see the firearm at that time.

Jovanni continued to drive toward his apartment when Jennifer told him about the other driver pointing a firearm at them.  Jovanni, who has a valid concealed weapons permit, removed his gun from his waistband and placed it on the seat next to his leg.

Childs continued to tailgate Jimenez's vehicle, and he again pulled to the side of the road and stopped his car.  Childs pulled to the driver's side of Jimenez's vehicle and pointed a silver handgun toward Jovanni .  In fear of his life and his family's life, Jovanni fired three rounds at Childs.

Jimenez then drove home and immediately phoned 911.

Childs, of Kissimmee, has an active concealed weapons permit.  A loaded firearm was recovered from his vehicle along with less than 20 grams of cannabis.  He suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Here is a statement from USF football coach Charlie Strong:

“We are deeply concerned that an incident occurred overnight in which one of our players, Hassan Childs, was injured in a shooting. 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.”

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