Reports Shooting Was Accident ‘Surprises’ Cops
UPDATE: Police expressed "surprise" on Thursday at reports that a shooting at Paralympian Oscar Pistorius' house was an accident.
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Oscar Pistorius and his father Henke in 2005
Reports Shooting Was Accident'Surprises’ Cops
"The SA Police Service were just as surprised this morning to hear on the radio that allegations had been made that the deceased had been perceived to be a burglar," police spokeswoman Brigadier Denise Beukes said.
"We were very surprised and those allegations did not come from us."
She was briefing reporters outside Silver Woods estate in Pretoria, where model Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead in Pistorius' house in the early hours of the morning.
Pistorius’ Lawyer Leaves Police Station After Shooting
Paralympian Oscar Pistorius's lawyer Kenny Oldwage left the Boschkop police station before noon on Thursday after the shooting of model and law graduate Reeva Steenkamp.
Pistorius is expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Thursday after a case of murder was opened for the Valentine's Day shooting at the athlete's home.
Earlier, 10 vehicles, including two police bakkies and a number of unmarked cars, drove past a crowd that had gathered at the police station since news of the fatal shooting at the high-security Silver Woods Country Estate in Boschkop.
Pistorius was not seen in the convoy, but his sister Aimee was among the people there.
Police spokeswoman Lt-Col Katlego Mogale said police were called to Pistorius' home following a shooting.
"Paramedics declared the woman dead on the scene and police proceeded with their investigation. The woman sustained wounds to her head and the upper body," Mogale said.
A 9mm pistol was recovered.
The case of murder was subsequently opened and "a 26-year-old man" would appear in court on Thursday at 2pm.
Beeld reported on its website that Pistorius allegedly accidentally shot his girlfriend dead, thinking she was a robber.
Shiri Reouveni, of Steenkamp's PR agency, confirmed it was Steenkamp who was shot. They would issue a statement later.
Steenkamp described herself on her Twitter feed as: "SA Model, Cover Girl, Tropika Island of Treasure Celeb Contestant, Law Graduate, Child of God."
Friends on her public Facebook fan page wrote messages such as: "R.I.P... I just don't know what to say to Oscar... to all the Steenkamp family our thoughts are with you," and "R.I.P Angel!"
One of her last posts was a comment from a friend who had spotted her and Pistorius sunbathing.
Meanwhile, journalists gathered outside the security estate in Pretoria, hoping for an on-the-spot media briefing.
Access to the estate was strictly controlled. Visitors had to present identity documents. Reporters were being corralled outside the main gate.
An international news crew had hired a helicopter which was buzzing overhead. Residents passing through took pictures of the growing media crew.
Sapa reports that Paralympian Oscar Pistorius's father on Thursday said his son was "sad" following a shooting at his Pretoria home which left his girlfriend dead.
"I don't know nothing. It will be extremely obnoxious and rude to speculate. I don't know the facts," Henke Pistorius told SABC radio news.
"If anyone makes a statement, it will have to be Oscar. He's sad at the moment."
Media reports alleged that Paralympic medallist Oscar Pistorius had shot and killed his girlfriend after mistaking her for a burglar.
It has been alleged that Pistorius shot a woman believed to be his girlfriend four times at his Silver Lakes home at about 4am on Thursday morning.
Police Captain Sarah Mcira confirmed that the woman had been shot in the head and the arm, and it was reported that she died at the scene. The woman has now been identified as FHM model Reeva Steenkamp, who was Pistorius' girlfriend.
eNCA reported at around 11am that a police convoy had left Pistorius' home, but police spokesperson Katlego Mogale had told eNCA earlier she could not confirm the identity of the man suspected of the killing until he had appeared in court. The man is expected to appear later today on charges of murder.
The news channel also reported that neighbours said they had heard shouting and screaming coming from the house before hearing gunshots.