TAMPA (FOX 13) - A University of South Florida football player, still in the hospital after a weekend road-rage altercation, has now been charged in connection with the incident.
Police say the shooting happened just after 11 p.m. Saturday outside the Eagles Point apartments on North 46th Street. According to investigators, Jovanni Jimenez was driving home with his wife and young son when a car began tailgating him.
Jimenez, 26, pulled over so the Chevy Malibu could pass, but it remained behind him. As he pulled over again, his wife warned him that she had seen the driver flash a gun.
The tailgating driver, identified by police as USF defensive back Hassan Childs, pulled up next to Jimenez and pointed a silver handgun at the car. That’s when Jimenez – a concealed carry permit-holder – says he feared for his family and fired three shots from his own weapon at Childs.
Childs, 22, was hit in the arm and chest. Jimenez then drove home and called 911.
Childs was taken to the hospital in stable condition. He is expected to recover.
Over the weekend, USF coach Charlie Strong issued a statement saying he was “deeply concerned” about the incident.
Now, Childs – who himself has a concealed carry permit – has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault and one count of marijuana possession. He’s still in stable condition in the hospital.
The university says Childs will be "withheld" from team activities.
"The University of South Florida is aware of the arrest of student-athlete Hassan Childs," school spokesperson Lara Wade-Martinez said Monday afternoon. "Childs is currently withheld from all football-related activities for an indefinite period of time. When the university learns of an arrest, the student involved may be subject to discipline in accordance with USF’s Student Code of Conduct. State and federal privacy laws protecting the confidentiality of student records, including disciplinary actions, prevent the university from commenting further about the matter involving Childs."