A 57-year-old man in New Caledonia suspected of shooting and injuring a minor in a stolen car last month has appeared in court.
He has been released under strict conditions to reappear for his trial on the 20th of this month.
The Nouvelles Caledoniennes reported that in court, the man expressed regret at causing the injuries.
The wounded teenager had been driven to the pharmacy in Canala from where he was transferred to the hospital in Noumea.
The man allegedly fired his rifle several times after being annoyed by the commotion caused by two stolen cars, hitting one of them.
Dozens of people were outside the court in Noumea, expressing support for the accused.
The shooting incident occurred during a week of community protest at lawlessness when schools and public services in Canala had closed.