South Florida DB Hassan Childs injured in shooting

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UPDATE 4:45 p.m. ET

According to the Tampa Bay Times, police believe Childs was shot after a man said Childs pulled a gun on him in an apartment complex in the aftermath of a road-rage incident.

The man who allegedly shot Childs said he did it in self-defense.

About 11:15 p.m. Saturday, police received a call from a man later identified as Jovanni Jimenez, 26, saying that a man, later identified as Childs, pointed a gun at Jimenez and his wife and child at the Eagles Point Apartments at Tampa Palms, 14551 N 46th St.

Jimenez then pulled his gun and shot Childs, 22, in what he told police was self-defense. Childs was hit three times in the upper arm and torso, Lee said. Childs, who practiced with the Bulls on Saturday afternoon, is in stable condition, according to a statement from USF.


South Florida defensive back Hassan Childs is hospitalized in stable condition after he was shot Saturday night.

The team said in a statement that the shooting happened off campus.

“The shooting incident involving USF student-athlete Hassan Childs that occurred overnight took place off campus,” the statement said. “Childs is currently in stable condition. No one else was injured in the incident. With respect for an ongoing investigation we have no further information to share at this time.”

The senior had 16 tackles in eight games in 2016. He also had two punt returns.

Childs, a native of Kissimmee, Florida, redshirted in 2015 after a knee injury. He played in 12 games in 2014 as a sophomore and made two starts as a freshman in 2013 at safety.

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