USF Football Player Wounded in Shooting Faces Charges
Hassan Childs was arrested at the hospital where he is recovering from his wounds.
TAMPA – A University of South Florida football player who was shot in a road rage incident over the weekend was arrested this morning (March 27), Tampa police said.
Hassam Childs, 22, was charged with three counts of aggravated assault and one count of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. Police said he was arrested at a local hospital where he is recovering from wounds sustained in Saturday’s (March 25) shooting. Childs was shot in the upper right arm, torso and beneath his arm. He is listed in stable condition.
Police said that Jovanni Jimenez, 26, was driving home eastbound on Skipper Road about 11:15 p.m. Saturday. His wife, Jennifer Jimenez, 31, was in the front passenger seat and his 3-year-old son was in the rear driver’s side seat. As Jimenez was driving, he told police he noticed a Chevrolet Malibu behind him that was tailgating him and attempting to pass him. Jimenez pulled over into the Eagle’s Point apartment complex to let the vehicle pass.
Officers said Childs, who was driving the Chevy and was its sole occupant, pulled to the passenger side of Jimenez’s stopped vehicle. Jennifer Jimenez told police she saw Childs pointing a silver firearm toward their vehicle. Jovanni Jimenez did not see the firearm at that time.
Mr. Jimenez to drive toward his apartment when his wife told him about the other driver pointing a firearm at them. Mr. Jimenez, who has a valid concealed weapons permit, removed his gun from his waistband and placed it on the seat next to his leg.
When Childs continued to tailgate Mr. Jimenez’s vehicle, he again pulled to the side of the road and stopped his car. Police said Childs pulled to the driver’s side of Jimenez’s vehicle and pointed a silver handgun toward Jovanni Jimenez. Mr Jimenez told officers he was in fear of his and his family’s lives so he fired three rounds at Childs, who was hit. Mr. Jimenez then drove home and immediately phoned 9-1-1.
Childs has an active concealed weapons permit. Police said the found a loaded firearm was recovered from his vehicle along with less than 20 grams of marijuana.
Childs, a resident of Kissimmee, is a graduate of Osceola High School where he helped Osceola to a 13-1 record, a district tile and a berth in the state semifinals, according to information from USF. He was selected to play in the Central Florida All-Star game, ranked 41st in the Orlando Sentinel’s Super 60, was a second-team 7A all-state selection by the Associated Press as a senior and was tabbed first-team all-Central Florida. Childs was also a first-team all-conference pick and tabbed Defensive Player of the Year by the Osceola News-Gazette.
In 2015, his redshirt season, he injured his knee during fall camp and missed the entire season. Last season, he totaled 16 tackles in eight games and posted career highs with five tackles against ECU and Navy.
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