PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius (pihs-TOHR'-ee-uhs) -- who is now accused in the shooting death of his girlfriend at his home in South Africa early today -- is known to enjoy target shooting with his pistol.
An article last year in the new York Times Magazine described him talking about pulling a pistol to search his home when his alarm went off, the night before the interview. At the suggestion of Pistorius, he and the journalist went to a nearby target range, where they fired at targets with a 9-milimeter pistol. At one point, Pistorius told the writer, "If you practiced, I think you could be pretty deadly."
When Pistorius was asked how often he went target shooting, he replied, "Just sometimes when I can't sleep."
In November of 2011, Pistorius posted a photo of himself at a shooting range on Twitter, and bragged about his score.
201-a-14-(Medupe Simasiku (meh-DOO'-pay see-mah-SEE'-koo), spokesman, South Africa's Prosecuting Authority, wity reporters)-"at nine o'clock"-Prosecution spokesman Medupe Simasiku says Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius will be in court Friday to face a murder charge in the death of his girlfriend. ((refers to Friday as "tomorrow" in cut)) (14 Feb 2013)
185-c-15-(Jon Gambrell, AP correspondent)-"I can't sleep"-AP correspondent Jon Gambrell reports Oscar Pistorius was interviewed last year about his love of target shooting. (14 Feb 2013)
GRAPHICSBANK: Oscar Pistorius, South African double-amputee sprinter, leaving Boschkop police station to appear in court on murder charge, Pretoria, South Africa, graphic element on gray (14 Feb 2013)
APPHOTO XDF802: Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius leaves the Boschkop police station, east of Pretoria, South Africa, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 en route to appear in court charged with murder. Pistorius was charged Thursday for the Valentine's Day murder of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, in South Africa's capital, Pretoria. (AP Photo/Chris Collingridge) SOUTH AFRICA OUT (14 Feb 2013)
APPHOTO XDF109: In this photo taken April 22 2009 Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius is photographed in his home in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius was taken into custody Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. after a 30-year-old woman, Reeva Steenkamp, was shot dead at his home. (AP Photo/Waldo Swiegers) (22 Apr 2009)
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