Just months after his historic participation in the London Olympics, double-amputee sprint star Oscar Pistorius faces murder charges in the fatal shooting of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The shooting death at Pistorius' home in a gated community in Pretoria, South Africa shocked the world on Valentine's Day.
The death of the 30-year-old model and Pistorius' arrest also brought renewed attention to a 2012 interview that the track pioneer gave to Michael Sokolove for The New York Times Magazine. In the January 2012 piece, Sokolove detailed a trip he took to a shooting range with Pistorius. Sokolove also recounted a story from Pistorius in which the man known as the "Blade Runner" due to his prostheses armed himself to fend off a non-existent intruder after an alarm at his home went off during the night.
Here is Sokolove's account of the trip to the shooting range:
“We should go to the range,” he said. He fetched his 9-millimeter handgun and two boxes of ammunition. We got back in the car and drove to a nearby firing range, where he instructed me on proper technique. Pistorius was a good coach. A couple of my shots got close to the bull’s-eye, which delighted him. “Maybe you should do this more,” he said. “If you practiced, I think you could be pretty deadly.” I asked him how often he came to the range. “Just sometimes when I can’t sleep,” he said.
"It would be very premature and very irresponsible of me to say what actually has happened," said police spokeswoman Brigadier Denise Beukes. "There have been allegations. We are not sure."
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