University of South Florida football player injured in road-rage shooting

Posted at 4:03 PM, Mar 26, 2017
and last updated 2019-03-26 02:34:27-04

TAMPA, Fla. (AP/WFTS) -- A University of South Florida football player was injured Saturday night from a shooting.

The University of South Florida said in a statement Sunday that safety Hassan Childs was in stable condition.

The statement says no one else was injured from the shooting that took place off campus and that Tampa police detectives were investigating.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that the shooting started as a road rage incident.


A man identified as Jovanni Jimenez told detectives that Childs had pointed a gun at him, his wife and child at an off-campus apartment complex.

Jimenez says he pulled his gun out and shot Childs in what he told police was self-defense.

No one has been arrested in connection to this incident. The Hillsborough State Attorney’s office will determine if charges will be filed.

Childs played in eight games for the Bulls in 2016. After sitting out the 2015 season due to a knee injury, Childs is slated to be a fifth-year senior during the 2017 season.

USF head football coach Charlie Strong said in a statement:

"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."