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Guard: Pistorius said all was 'fine'

PRETORIA, South Africa -- A security guard who was working in Oscar Pistorius' gated community says the athlete told him everything was "fine" when he called to investigate neighbors' reports of gunshots on the night Reeva Steenkamp was killed.

Pieter Baba, who was driving with another guard and called Pistorius from outside the Olympian's villa in the predawn hours of Feb. 14 last year, testified Friday: "That's when Mr. Pistorius said to me everything is fine."

Baba said Pistorius called him back but was crying and didn't speak, and the line "went off."

Baba said he told a fellow guard: "Not everything was in order, as Mr. Pistorius was telling me."

Pistorius is charged with murder with premeditation. He says he shot Steenkamp by mistake, thinking she was an intruder.

Earlier, a former girlfriend testified that Pistorius always carried a firearm, sometimes shouted angrily at her and her friends, once shot his gun out the sunroof of a car, and that their relationship ended when he cheated on her with Steenkamp. Samantha Taylor also described some of Pistorius' habits while they were dating, including which side of the bed he always slept on at home and where he kept his gun at night.

Taylor's observations of what Pistorius did when they were together show different habits from what he says he did the night he shot Steenkamp, and they painted a picture of a man who had a temper and was fond of guns.

Pistorius carried a gun with him "all the time" when they were dating, Taylor said, and on one occasion he fired it out of a car's sunroof soon after a policeman stopped the car they were in for speeding, she said.

Taylor, who started dating Pistorius in 2011 after meeting him the previous year, described another incident in which she and Pistorius were followed by a car as he drove home.

"When we arrived at his estate, he jumped out of the car with his gun and held it to someone's window and then they drove away," Taylor said.

Darren Fresco, a friend of Pistorius, was driving the car that was stopped by police, who then asked the two men to get out of the car, according to Taylor, who said she was in the car at the time. The police officer then saw Pistorius' gun on the seat of the car, she said.

"He said to Oscar that the gun could not just be left on the seat there," Taylor said, adding that bullets fell out of the gun "and then Oscar got very angry and eventually they gathered the bullets."

An angry Pistorius shouted at the officer and later, after leaving the scene, fired the gun out of the sunroof, she said. He and Fresco were laughing at the time, according to Taylor.

Barry Roux, Pistorius' lead attorney, says his client denies the incident.

Taylor described previous incidents when Pistorius thought there was an intruder trying to get into his home, and he reacted by waking her up, she said.

"There was one occasion when something hit the bathroom window and Oscar woke me up and asked me if I heard it," Taylor said. "He got up with his gun."

But he woke you up? Prosecutor Gerrie Nel asked.

"Yes," Taylor replied. "There was probably one or two occasions when he woke me up to ask me if I heard something."

Pistorius did not attempt to wake or locate Steenkamp before he shot the 29-year-old model by mistake, according to his version of events.

Taylor said Pistorius kept his gun on a table by his bed and always slept on the right side of the bed. Pistorius says his 9mm pistol was under the bed on the night he shot Steenkamp and he says he was sleeping on the other side of the bed because of a sports injury.