Olympic Sprinter Oscar Pistorius Charged with Murdering His Girlfriend

Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius, who became famous as the 'Blade Runner' when he competed in the 2012 Olympic Games, has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend after model Reeva Steenkamp was shot inside his South African home.

Police Lt. Col. Katlego Mogale tells The Associated Press police received a call Thursday morning that there had been a shooting at Pistorius' home. When police arrived, they found paramedics trying to revive a 30-year-old woman who had been shot. The woman later died at the scene.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Denise Beukes said that Pistorius was at his home after the death of Steenkamp and "there is no other suspect involved."

Officers found a 9 mm pistol at Pistorius' house. Beukes said the 26-year-old suspect was undergoing blood alcohol and forensic tests and had made a request to be brought to court immediately.

Police have not released the name of the woman, but the publicist for Steenkamp told Sky News that Steenkamp had died. Tributes to Steenkamp, a model, poured onto social media sites.

Beukes said Pistorius would apply for bail, but the South African Police Service would oppose the application. She said there had been "previous incidents" at Pistorius' home.

Many South African media outlets had reported that Pistorius may have mistaken her for a burglar and shot her, but police did not clarify the dead woman's relationship to Pistorius. Mogale said the victim's family had not yet identified the body.

It was reported that the woman may have been trying to surprise Pistorius for Valentine's Day and he thought she was an intruder breaking into his home.

Steenkamp tweeted her excitement about Valentine's Day hours before the shooting.

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