A farmer has been nabbed for allegedly using his pistol to shoot a teenager.

According to North West police spokesperson Rex Xulu, ”Police have arrested the 33-year-old owner of a farm near Swartruggens after he allegedly shot an 11-year-old girl in the arm.”

Initial police investigation revealed the girl and some friends wanted to collect firewood on the farm on Wednesday, and the farm owner shot at them.

Xulu said the farm owner shouted at them to stop.

“The girls apparently ran in different directions and the 11-year-old was hit by a bullet in her left arm.

”She fell from the shooting, landed with her head and broke her forehead,” said Xulu.

The weapon used in the shooting was confiscated from the farmer.

The girl’s mother took her to hospital.

Police arrested the farmer on Thursday.

He will appear in the Swartruggens Magistrate’s Court soon on a charge of attempted murder.