Ashley Cole Shoots Chelsea Intern With Pellet Gun

Ashley Cole

The incident happened at the Chelsea's Cobham training ground when Cole took the .22 gun from a box, not realising it was loaded, and accidentially fired at intern Tom Cowan, 21, from just five feet away.

"Ashley pulled the rifle from a box and started larking about with it in the changing room, not realising it was loaded. It ended up pointed at Tom just five feet away.

"The gun went off with a loud pop and Tom screamed as this lead pellet hit him in the side. It went through his clothing and into his flesh."

Reportedly Cowan received treatment from the Chelsea medical staff and was given two days to rest. The shooting was witnessed by a dozen staff members of the club.

Police were not called and the source went on to say that Chelsea officials were concerned that "it would be a PR disaster if this became public knowledge, so the club has closed ranks over it".

''We never comment on internal matters,'' Chelsea said in response to the report.

Surrey police will investigate whether Cole will face criminal charges.

Cole will be fined up to £250,000 by Chelsea, the equivalent of two weeks’ wages, but he is not planning to make a public apology over the incident.

Ashley's History of Accidents and Incidents

June 2005 Cole was fined £100,000 by the Premier League for the tapping-up meeting held at a hotel in January 2005. Cole and his agent were caught in a secret meeting with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and chief executive Peter Kenyon. Found guilty in the subsequent "tapping-up" case, Cole was fined, later reduced to £75,000 on appeal. Cole later accused Arsenal of "feeding him to the sharks" in this affair. Cole joined Mourinho's Chelsea on deadline day in 2006, for £5 million with William Gallas joining Arsenal.

March 2009 Held by police after swearing in front of a police officer outside a South Kensington nightclub and issued with an £80 fixed penalty notice before being released.

January 2010 Convicted after being recorded doing 104 mph in a 50 mph zone.

September 2010 Divorced from Cheryl Cole following four allegations of adultery.

February 2011 Shot and wounded student Tom Cowan at training ground

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