Many people know Oscar Pistorius as the first double amputee in the London 2012 Olympics and the Special Olympics. After the shooting of his supermodel girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in South Africa, people are starting to hear more about this one time superstar’s life.
It was Valentine’s Day when the alleged accidental shooting occurred at Pistorius’ house, killing his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. According to Oscar he had mistaken his girlfriend as an intruder and didn’t mean to kill her. Pistorius states that after hearing a noise that sounded like an intruder he got his 9mm gun from under his bed and crawled to the bathroom where he shot the victim four times. He maintains that he didn’t know Steenkamp wasn’t in bed next to him. Many people believe otherwise and have said that Oscar shot his girlfriend after the couple had an argument that same day. The prosecutors believe that Oscar Pistorius put on his prosthetic legs, walked into the bathroom and killed Steenkamp.
In South Africa even though Oscar Pistorius lived in a gated community, there are always security concerns. Pistorius owns several different hand guns because he says that he needs them for protection and self defense. Pistorius doesn’t deny that he shot Reeva Steenkamp but he says that he was overtaken by fear of an intruder and shot her unintentionally.
On Tuesday February 28 Oscar Pistorius was released on bail because he was not considered a potential flight risk by the judge. The case is still active and he is scheduled to be back in court on June 4.