USF football player in stable condition after shooting

Posted March 30, 2017

Childs was hospitalized with gunshot wounds but expected to make a full recovery.

A college football player is in stable condition following a road-rage-fueled shooting in Florida over the weekend. The South Florida redshirt senior allegedly pointed a gun at Jovanni Jimenez and his family, after which Jimenez shot Childs three times.

Tampa Police say Hassan Childs, 22, was involved in a road rage incident with another driver near the USF Campus Saturday night.

When Jimenez did stop, Childs came to the driver's side of the vehicle, pointing a silver hand gun at Jimenez, who told police that he "feared for his life".

Per Knight, Childs was charged with three counts of aggravated assault and misdemeanor marijuana possession.

Jimenez, 26, pulled over so the Chevy Malibu could pass, but it remained behind him. He has claimed the shooting was in self-defense.

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Jimenez drove home and immediately phoned 911, the report said. The man was later identified as Childs, who was hit three times in the torso and upper arm.

Both men hold active concealed weapons permits, according to Tampa police. Police said the found a loaded firearm was recovered from his vehicle along with less than 20 grams of marijuana.

"Right now it's up to the State Attorney's Office to find out who was the aggressor and who was the victim", Lee said.

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

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