How bored are teenagers today? Bored enough to pull out the old BB gun and take target practice . . . on some golfers at a nearby course. Not a lot of details on this story, but it is interesting that even after the cops caught these would-be gangsters that all they did was tell them to stop shooting. No tasering, no cuffing them and beating them with a night stick. Just “Please stop shooting at old guys on the golf course and have a nice day.”
Something tells us this isn’t over. Next time, the golfers start shooting back.
Details from the investigative reported at the Rancho Santa Margarita Patch (no, really, that’s the name of the local paper):
A caller from the Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet club wanted deputies to search for a group of kids who were in a backyard of one of the residences adjacent to the golf course. The youths were shooting at golfers with BB guns. Deputies found the youths and told them to stop shooting. The officers also contacted their parents.
Anyone else remember the holiday movie classic “A Christmas Story?” In it, little Ralphie wants nothing more than a Red Rider BB Gun for Christmas, but all the adults in his life keep telling him that he’ll “shoot his eye out.” Apparently UK soccer star Ashley “Deadeye” Cole never saw that movie or he would not have pulled a 22 caliber air rifle out of a box in the locker room at soccer training camp for the Chelsea and ‘accidentally’ shot an intern working for the club. We’re putting accidentally in quotes because it’s odd that with all the other players and staff around, he manages to hit the only person who’s not on salary with the club. What are the odds of that? And he just happened to have the gun with him and just happened to pull it out at that time, and just happened not to know it was loaded? Either this Cole guy is a complete moron (possible with soccer players) or this just might not have been as much of an ‘accident’ as the club is letting on.
Wonder how soon before the intern has a full time paid job with Chelsea . . . to keep his mouth shut.
Details from ESPN:
Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has allegedly shot and wounded an intern at the club after “larking” around with an air rifle, according to the News of the World. The incident happened last Sunday 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 Tom Cowan, 21, from just five feet away.
A source told the News of the World: “It’s 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, 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.”
Not satisfied with simply beating younger players, the upperclassman at Big Sky High School (Montana) decided to go all Rambo on new members of the team and brought a pump-action pellet gun to school to shoot them in the butt. Nothing says “team spirit” quite like getting shot in the ass, does it? Makes you all warm inside, and probably oozing a small amount of blood on the outside. At right, what may or may not have been what the weapon looked like, although it is the first thing that comes up when you search for “Airsoft pump-action pellet gun.”
Here’s more from the Missoulian:
Four Big Sky High School students began serving their suspensions on Monday for a hazing incident last Thursday in which members of the varsity Eagles football team were shot with a pellet gun. The four students, all seniors, are serving three- to 10-day suspensions for their roles in the hazing, which happened after football practice in the Big Sky boys’ locker room.
“At least 10″ students, sophomores and juniors, were shot in the back or buttocks with a pump-action Airsoft pellet gun snuck into school in an athletic gear bag, said principal Trevor Laboski.
A parent of one of the victims called Laboski on Friday morning, the day after the hazing took place. “Basically, she wanted me to know there was an incident in the locker room I needed to look into,” said the first-year principal. After gathering some initial information, Laboski suspended the four students after school on Friday; all four seniors missed playing in their last football game as an Eagle that night.
Laboski said he is not aware of any injuries to any of the players shot with the gun, which was described as being a short rifle.