After being arrested on Monday for his involvement in a road rage shooting incident over the weekend, USF senior defensive back Hassan Childs is no longer part of the program, according to head coach Charlie Strong.
The first-year Bulls head coach broke the news of the dismissal when speaking to the media after Tuesday morning’s practice.
Strong said he met with team Sunday (after incident). Reminded group of privilege to play for #USF and standards that accompany that.— Joey Knight (@TBTimes_Bulls) March 28, 2017
News first broke on Sunday that Childs had been hospitalized but was in stable condition after being shot three times during the incident at Eagles Point Apartments Saturday night.
After being released from the hospital on Monday, the Osceola native was arrested on three counts of aggravated assault and one count of misdemeanor marijuana possession for his involvement in the incident. According to the Tampa Police Department’s account via the Tampa Bay Times:
Jovanni Jimenez, 26, was driving east on Skipper Road with his wife and 3-year-old son, when he noticed a Chevy Malibu tailgating and trying to pass him.
He pulled over into the Eagles Point Apartments, about a mile from the USF campus, to let the Malibu pass, police said. Childs, driving alone in the Malibu, pulled up to the passenger side of Jimenez's stopped car.
Jimenez's wife, Jennifer, saw Childs pointing a gun toward them but her husband did not see it, police said.
Jovanni Jimenez continued driving and his wife told him about the gun. Jimenez removed his own gun from his waistband and placed it on the seat next to his leg, police said.
Childs continued to tailgate and Jimenez again pulled over and stopped his car. Childs approached the driver's side of Jimenez's car and pointed a handgun toward Jovanni Jimenez, according to the report.
Jimenez fired three shots at Childs, striking him in the upper right arm, torso and beneath his arm.
Jimenez drove home and immediately phoned 911, the report said.
Both men hold active concealed weapons permits, according to Tampa police. A loaded gun was recovered from Childs' vehicle. Police also found fewer than 20 grams of marijuana.
USF subsequently suspended Childs indefinitely upon the news of the arrest and now has cut ties altogether with the defensive back.