The Paralympic sprinting superstar’s girlfriend was shot four times.
In a stunning development, South African sprinting superstar Oscar Pistorius, who made history this past summer by becoming the first double amputee to compete against able-bodied athletes at the Olympic Games, was charged with murdering his 30-year-old girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, on Thursday in South Africa.
According to an AP report on ESPN.com, Steenkamp was shot four times and a 9mm pistol was recovered from the scene. Several local media outlets initially reported that the shooting may have been accidental, but a police spokeswoman said there, “previously been incidents at the home of Mr. Oscar Pistorius.”
“It would be very premature and very irresponsible of me to say what actually has happened,” added police spokeswoman Brigadier Denise Beukes. “There have been allegations. We are not sure.”
In South Africa, police do not name suspects in crimes until they have appeared in court, but Beukes said that the 26-year-old Pistorius was at his home at the time of the shooting and “there is no other suspect involved.”