A 30-year-old woman was found fatally shot in the upscale Pretoria home belonging to South African Olympian, Oscar Pistorius, police said Thursday.
Police said they have arrested a 26-year-old man, the same age as Pistorius in connection with the shooting and that he will appear in Pretoria magistrate court sometime Thursday.
Pistorius, nicknamed the “Blade Runner,” made history when he became the first Paralympian to compete in the able-bodied Olympics last year.
Police said Pistorius was cooperating with them.
The South African Press Association identified the victim as Pistorius’ girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp. It attributed the information to Steenkamp’s spokeswoman.
Several South African media outlets reported that the woman was mistaken for an intruder. Police Brig. Denise Beukes said she was aware of the reports, but could not confirm them.
A spokeswoman for Pistorius declined to comment. His father, Henke, told the South African Broadcasting Corporation said Pistorius was “sad at the moment.”
“I don’t know nothing. It will be extremely obnoxious and rude to speculate,” the father said. “I don’t know the facts.”
A neighbor in the residential community alerted police to the shooting, Beukes said. When a CNN crew arrived, it saw a mortician’s van leaving the house.
A pistol was recovered at the scene, police said.