ASHLEY Cole has been rapped by his bosses at Chelsea Football Club after he shot a work placement student with an air rifle, Daily Mail reported on Sunday. The footballer accidentally shot 21-year-old Tom Cowan from just 5ft away as he 'larked about with a high-powered .22 rifle at the clubs training ground. The News of the World said he wounded the intern who was given medical treatment. on the spot. but two days later the wound was still weeping and had to be treated again. A source told the paper: 'Its truly inconceivable that a Premier League footballer could bring a gun to the training ground. 'But Ashley pulled the rifle from a box and started larking about with it in the changing room. 'Cole didnt know the gun was loaded but its a disgrace. His behaviour beggars belief. The incident is believed to have happened last Sunday morning when 110,00-a-week Cole, 30, arrived for training at the Chelseas Cobham training ground in Surrey holding the weapon, complete with a muzzle and nightscope. The .22 air rifle is the most powerful gun that can be owned in the UK without a licence and if misused, it can kill. Tom is a Loughborough sports student on a years internship with the west London club. Sources at Chelsea said: 'Tom screamed as this lead pellet hit him in the side. He was bleeding profusely. 'He was in agony and seemed to go into shock as he steadied himself and sat down on one of the benches. Tom was given two days off to recover and on Wednesday, was reportedly asked to attend a meeting with Chelsea bosses, who are believed to have gone into 'lockdown over the incident and are 'deeply worried. The source added: ' A professional footballer bringing a gun to training is not just overstepping the mark, its taking a running leap over it. It is understood that Cole has been reprimanded by his bosses at Chelsea and had also apologised to Tom. But Toms father Ronald, is said to be furious and is demanding to know what action will be taken against the England player. The source said: 'He needs to know that Cole realises the consequences of his actions. \\