South Florida defensive back Hassan Childs has been dismissed from the team after his arrest for a road rage incident that resulted in him being shot three times, coach Charlie Strong said Tuesday.
"I had a chance to speak with him," Strong said, according to the Tampa Bay Times. "They all want to continue and go play, and he was a senior, but he totally understood."
Strong discussed Childs' arrest with his team on Sunday.
"When you look at this university and how great an institution it is, and the football program, it is a privilege to represent this program," Strong said, according to the Tampa Bay Times. "And there are standards and there are values that we uphold, and our players understand it is an obligation and it is a responsibility to represent it the right way."
Childs faces three counts of aggravated assault and one count of misdemeanor marijuana possession. He was placed under arrest at a local hospital, where he is still being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
The shooter, Jovanni Jimenez, is claiming self-defense, saying Childs pointed a gun at him, his wife and 3-year-old son.
The incident happened at 11:15 p.m. ET on Saturday. Jimenez was driving home, eastbound on Skipper Road near the USF campus, when a Chevy Malibu began to tailgate and attempted to pass him, according to police. Jimenez pulled over at the Eagles Point apartment complex to allow the vehicle to pass. That's when Jimenez's wife, Jennifer, claimed Childs pointed a silver firearm at their vehicle. Jimenez, who kept driving, did not see the firearm then.
When Jimenez did stop, Childs came to the driver's side of the vehicle, pointing a silver hand gun at Jimenez, who told police that he "feared for his life." He fired three rounds at Childs, hitting him in the upper right arm, torso and beneath his arm, before driving home and immediately calling 911.
Police say both Childs and Jimenez have concealed weapons permits. They recovered a loaded firearm and 20 grams of marijuana from Childs' vehicle.
ESPN's Jenna Laine contributed to this report.