Strange and tragic story out of South Africa as Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius—the first double amputee to compete in the Olympics—allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend in the early morning hours after mistaking her for an intruder at his Silver Lakes home.
Pistorius, known as Blade Runner for his custom running prosthetics, made headlines this past summer after running in the 400 m and 4 x 400 m relay at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The South African runner has a long and storied Paralympics career, and has been decorated for his achievements both on and off the track.
According to South African police, Pistorius’ girlfriend was shot in the head and arm and died at the scene. Police reportedly took the 26-year-old into custody for questioning about the incident.
From the New Zealand Herald…
Double amputee and Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius has reportedly shot and killed his girlfriend, after mistaking her for a burglar.
South African media are reporting the incident happened at his Silver Lakes home at around 4am on Thursday morning.
Captain Sarah Mcira confirmed to a South African website that Pistorius’s girlfriend was shot in the head and arm and died at the scene.
Pistorius, 26, dubbed Blade Runner for the blade-like prosthetics he wears for his double under-knee amputation, is reportedly in police custody.
Just terrible, terrible news. Obvious thoughts and prayers go out to the young woman’s family and friends, and to Pistorius himself, who is no doubt sick over what took place. Since this is breaking news, and details scarce, check back here often as we will post more information when it becomes available.
UPDATE: According to news24, the latest is that a 9mm handgun was recovered at the scene, and Pistorius’ girlfriend was shot four times in total. Cops are also handling the shooting as a murder investigation.
UPDATE II: Many outlets are reporting that the victim has been identified as model Reeva Steenkamp, seen here from her FHM photo shoot…