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Pistorius to Security Guard After Shooting: 'Everything Is Fine'

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PRETORIA, South Africa - Around 10 minutes after fatally shooting his girlfriend through a locked toilet door, Oscar Pistorius told a security guard "everything is fine," his murder trial heard on Friday.

Pieter Baba was working at the Olympian's gated community the night Reeva Steenkamp was killed. Baba said he received a call from the athlete at 3:21 a.m., around five minutes after the law graduate and model was shot.

Pistorius was too upset to say anything on the call, Baba said, speaking in Afrikaans through an interpreter.

However, when Baba called him back a few minutes later, Pistorius told him: "Security, everything is fine." Baba delivered the quote in English.

The dramatic testimony from one of the first people on the scene capped a week of hearings in which several witnesses described hearing a woman's shouts and screams before a volley of shots early on Valentine's Day last year.

Steenkamp, 29, died after being hit by three of four rounds fired by Pistorius in his luxury home.

The 27-year-old athlete denies murder, saying it was a tragic accident and that he mistook her for an intruder. If found guilty, he is likely to spend at least 25 years behind bars.

Pistorius is also being tried for three firearms offences, part of prosecution attempts to portray him as a gun-obsessed hot-head.

Earlier on Friday, ex-girlfriend Samantha Taylor told the court how a seething Pistorius had fired his pistol out of a car's open sun-roof after a heated argument with a police officer in September 2012.

Taylor, who accused Pistorius of cheating on her with Steenkamp in late 2012, also described an incident where the double-amputee woke up in the middle of the night after hearing a bang in the bathroom.

"Something hit the bathroom window and Oscar woke me up and asked me if I had heard it," Taylor said, noting that the noise had probably been generated by a passing storm. "He got up with his gun and walked out of the room."

Dubbed the "Blade Runner" for his stunning Paralympic performances, Pistorius acheived international fame after reaching the 400 meters semi-final competing against able-bodied athletes at the London 2012 Olympics.

The trial continues.

- Reuters

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