USF Football Player Shot Three Times In Road Rage Incident

Ford Springer | Contributor

University of South Florida football player Hassan Childs was shot three times after allegedly pulling a gun on a man and his family in an apparent road rage incident Saturday night.

According to police, the 22-year-old defensive back pointed a gun at Jovanni Jimenez, his wife and his child during the incident. Jimenez then pulled out his own gun and shot Childs three times and called the police to report the incident, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Childs suffered gunshot wounds to his upper arm and torso but is in stable condition. There have been no arrests made in relation to the incident, and Jimenez claims that he fired the three shots in self-defense.

(Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

(Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

USF head coach Charlie Strong issued a statement on the incident on Sunday.

“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.”

Childs participated in practice with the team on Saturday before the shooting occurred. He will be a fifth-year senior next year at USF.

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