It’s reported in South Africa that the new charges relate to two alleged incidents where Pistorius recklessly shot a gun in public: The first when Pistorius is alleged to have fired his own licensed 9mm handgun — the gun used to kill Steenkamp — out the open sunroof of a car in Johannesburg while traveling with friends last year.
In the second in January this year, and just weeks before Steenkamp’s shooting death, Pistorius is said to have accidentally shot a friend’s gun under the table at a Johannesburg restaurant, apparently while admiring it.
For both alleged offenses he could be charged with public endangerment and damage to property.
The multiple Paralympic champion, known as the ‘Blade Runner,’ is world-famous for his carbon fiber running blades and for becoming the first amputee to compete on the track at the Olympics. He already faces a possible life sentence with a minimum of 25 years in prison if he is convicted of premeditated murder for fatally shooting Steenkamp. Pistorius says he shot her by mistake thinking she was a dangerous intruder in his house.
It will be Pistorius’ 27th birthday on Friday and he was photographed by a newspaper this weekend while out at a Johannesburg restaurant with family, according to the paper.
The City Press published photos Sunday of Pistorius in the restaurant wearing a white T-shirt and with a short beard, smiling in one photo and with a black baseball cap pulled down near his eyes in another. The newspaper also quoted Pistorius as saying that he was “anxious” about his upcoming trial.
“I feel calm. I now spend most of my time with my family and I enjoy their company,” Pistorius said, according to the newspaper, in rare public comments. “They are wonderful and their support is incredible. But, I must say, at the same time I am also anxious about the upcoming court case.”