TWO boys from the settlement at the turnoff to the Spitzkoppe between Uskaos and Arandis were arrested on a charge of attempted murder after they shot a 15-year-old girl with a firearm they found in the house where they reside.
According to the incident report provided by the Namibian Police in the Erongo Region, the shooting occurred while the children were playing with the loaded pistol.
The firearm belongs to the uncle of the children and was not locked away safely in a safe. He left the pistol in his bedroom when he went for a visit to a nearby town.
“While the children were playing with the firearm two shots went off that hit the victim in the abdomen and in the left arm. The girl was rushed to the Usakos State Hospital and after she was stabilised, she was transferred to the Katutura State hospital for further emergency medical care,” the report reads.
According to the report the two boys, aged 15 and 13, were arrested on a charge of attempted murder. They were, however, released into the care of their parents a short while later. They will still make their first appearance on the charge of attempted murder in the Usakos Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
The owner of the firearm was also charged with contravening of Section 38 (1)(j) and (k)(i)(ii) of Arms and Ammunition Act 1996 (Act 07 of 1996) read with Section 3(8) of the regulation made for the Arms and Ammunition Act 1996 (Act 7 of 1996).
The uncle was not arrested yet but is also set to make an appearance on the charges in the Usakos Magistrate’s Court.