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South Africa Paralymic hero shoots girlfriend

Posted on Feb 14, 06:34PM | IBNS

Pretoria, Feb 14 : Paralympic athlete and Olympic medalist Oscar Pistorius of South Africa on Thursday shot dead his girlfriend at his home in the Silverwoods Country Estate in Pretoria after he apparently thought she was a burglar, media reports said. He has been arrested.

According to reports, Pistorius's model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp died after he shot at her Thursday morning. She was shot four times and bullets hit her head and chest, reports said.

Pistorius was arrested and being questioned.

Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius is a sprint runner who has double below-knee amputations. He competes in T44 (single below knee amputees) events though he is actually classified in T43 (double below knee amputee). He is the T44 world record holder for the 200 and 400 metres events, and the joint T43 record holder for the 100 metres.