UPDATE: The charges against Nurmal have since been dropped and he was cleared of all charges. A 23-year-old has been charged for attempted murder after shooting his aunt several times with an air rifle at her sister’s home in Ocean Ridge, Verulam. Verulam SAPS communications officer, Mark Prakasim said the 48-year-old victim was holding her child at her sister’s house which is next door to where her nephew lives when her nephew shot her several times with the air rifle. “She sustained several injuries on her stomach and her back,” said Prakasim. “She was shot at while she was holding her daughter.”Prakasim said the suspect, 23-year-old Romano Nurmal, who lives next door, then locked himself in his house. “The suspect locked himself inside the house and he began abusing the police verbally. When police threatened to cut the gate he opened the doors to the house and was arrested,” said Prakasim. Reaction Unit South Africa owner Prem Balram said the woman was treated for several wounds and pain caused by the air rifle. Nurmal was charged with attempted murder and has since appeared at the Verulam Magistrate’s court where he was released on bail. Prakasim has warned residents that air guns and rifles are dangerous and if fired at another person, it can lead to serious injury and death. “We had an incident last year in the Verulam CBD where a person was shot and killed by an air gun.“We are warning owners of these guns to treat them with the same caution and respect as a normal firearm,” said Prakasim. Anyone firing an air gun or rifle on another person can be charged with attempted murder or murder if the person is fatally injured.“Pointing of any gun at another person whether an air gun or pellet gun is also a crime and a person can be charged for pointing of firearm,” said Prakasim. Prakasim urged people to report negligent use of air guns and rifles to the Verulam SAPS on 0325415222.