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


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.

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