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Oscar Pistorius, left, with unidentified man leaves the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Pistorius is charged with murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Oscar Pistorius, left, with unidentified man leaves the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Pistorius is charged with murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

In this photo taken Monday March 10, 2014, Oscar Pistorius cries as he listens to cross questioning about the events surrounding the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, in court during his trial in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius is charged with the shooting death of Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Bongiwe Mchunu, Pool)

Oscar Pistorius sips water in the dock while listening to cross questioning about the events surrounding the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, in court during the second week of his trial in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Pistorius is charged with the shooting death of Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Kevin Sutherland, Pool)

Oscar Pistorius hands a note to his defense team as he listens to cross questioning about the events surrounding the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, in court during his trial in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Pistorius is charged with the shooting death of Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Kevin Sutherland, Pool)

With a bucket on the floor nearby, Oscar Pistorius covers his face with his hands as he listens to cross questioning about the events surrounding the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, in court during his trial in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Pistorius is charged with the shooting death of Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Kevin Sutherland, Pool)

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PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius’ friend testified Tuesday that the Olympian twice fired guns in public in the six months before he killed his girlfriend, once without warning through the sunroof of a moving car following an angry altercation with a policeman who had handled Pistorius’ pistol.

Darren Fresco said he asked Pistorius immediately after the sunroof shooting if he was “mad” and the world-famous runner “just laughed” at him.

Pistorius denies shooting the gun in the car, although now two witnesses say that he did.

Fresco’s testimony portrayed Pistorius as a reckless hothead who also asked Fresco to take the blame for a gun being fired accidentally under a table in a busy Johannesburg restaurant.

But Fresco’s account appeared to be undermined when Pistorius’ defense lawyer created doubts over Fresco’s recollection of some events. Fresco responded to a number of questions from Barry Roux on cross-examination by saying he didn’t remember. He also said he’d been following some previous testimony in the case on Twitter, which witnesses should not do.

Pistorius, 27, is on trial for murder for the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year, but also faces two firearm charges for shooting in public and a third firearm charge for illegal possession of ammunition.

Pistorius, the first double-amputee runner to compete at the Olympics, pleaded not guilty to all four charges against him. He specifically denies that he fired the gun in the car, Roux said.

Pistorius’ demeanor in court was drastically different Tuesday to the vomiting, retching defendant who needed a bucket to throw up in on Monday as he heard a pathologist give graphic details of the injuries he inflicted on his girlfriend when he shot her multiple times through a toilet door in his home on Feb. 14 last year.

This time, instead of hunched over and heaving, Pistorius mostly sat with his hands in his lap in the Pretoria courtroom and often made notes. He denies murder in Steenkamp’s killing saying he shot her by mistake thinking she was a dangerous intruder.

Fresco, who said he was driving the car during the alleged sunroof shooting in late 2012, and a former girlfriend of Pistorius have both testified that Pistorius shot his gun out the car.

But their stories didn’t match in parts: Fresco said Pistorius fired without warning sometime after they were stopped by traffic police and after visiting an unidentified person’s house. Samantha Taylor, who said she was dating Pistorius at the time, has testified that it happened soon after the altercation with police and after Pistorius and Fresco discussed finding a traffic light to shoot at.

Fresco said the group was pulled over, for the second time that day, and Pistorius was furious with an officer for handling his gun, which he had left on the passenger seat.

“You can’t just touch another man’s gun,” Pistorius said to the officer, according to Fresco. “Now your fingerprints are all over my gun. So if something happens, you’re going to be liable for anything that happens.”

Later, Pistorius shot out the sunroof, Fresco said.

“Without prior warning, he shot out the sunroof,” Fresco said. Fresco said he was driving, Pistorius was in the passenger seat and Taylor in the back.

Fresco said he “instinctively” moved away from where the gun was shot.

“I said to him, are you (expletive) mad?” Fresco said in his testimony.

“He just laughed,” Fresco recalled. “But it felt as if my ear was already bleeding.”

Defense lawyer Roux pointed out that Taylor had a different version.

Roux also questioned Fresco on the incident at a packed Johannesburg restaurant in the posh Melrose Arch district in early 2013 when he handed his gun, a Glock 27 .40-caliber pistol, under the table to Pistorius and it fired. Fresco said Pistorius asked him to take the blame for the incident, which he did, because Pistorius feared bad publicity. It was about a month before Pistorius killed Steenkamp.

Fresco said he had warned Pistorius that the gun was “one-up,” meaning it had a

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