A 57-year-old man in New Caledonia has been jailed for a year for shooting and injuring a minor in a stolen car in Nakety last month.
The criminal court in Noumea has given him a five-year sentence but left four years suspended.
The man had fired his rifle several times after being annoyed by the commotion caused by two stolen cars, hitting one of them.
He hit a vehicle occupant who is reportedly still in hospital, unable to walk.
The shooting incident occurred during a week of community protest at lawlessness when schools and public services in had closed.