Oscar’s lawyer leaves police station

Pretoria - 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.

Oscar Pistorius accidentally fired a gun shot in a busy Melrose Arch restaurant in Johannesburg in January, narrowly missing a friend's foot, according to a report. File photo: Reuters. Credit: REUTERS

Pistorius is expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Thursday after a case of murder was opened for the 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's 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.

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