Police: USF football player shot 3 times in road rage incident

TAMPA (FOX 13) - Tampa police are investigating a Saturday night shooting involving University of South Florida defensive back Hassan Childs.

Police say they received a call about gunfire at an apartment complex in the New Tampa area around 11:15 p.m.  Saturday night. When they arrived, Jovanni Jimenez told police he shot Childs in self-defense.

No charges have been filed at this time and police say the shooting may have stemmed from a road rage incident.

Jimenez told FOX 13 over the phone that Childs initiated the incident, apparently angry that he was not driving fast enough. Jimenez says Childs twice pointed a gun at his car with his wife and child inside.

After the second time, Jimenez told police he shot at Childs.

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