BBC Radio Host DJ Village Shot Dead
Horrace Pinnock, better known as BBC national network Radio 1's reggae expert DJ Village, was shot dead following a gang fight in London early yesterday morning (Nov. 20). According to the MetropolitaHorrace Pinnock, better known as BBC national network Radio 1's reggae expert DJ Village, was shot dead following a gang fight in London early yesterday morning (Nov. 20). According to the Metropolitan Police, Pinnock, 24, was shot following an argument with six to 10 men outside the Plaza Hotel in Wembley at around 2.30 a.m. Shortly afterward, he was pronounced dead at Central Middlesex Hospital.
"This is a tragedy and our thoughts go out to his family and friends," a Radio 1 spokesperson says. Pinnock was an occasional DJ who filled in for Chris Goldfinger in April and June of this year. Police say they are keeping an open mind about the motive for the killing. No arrests have yet been made.
The shooting is the latest in a spate of gang-related incidents involving handguns in the English capital. Recently, two men were allegedly shot outside a recent performance at the London Astoria by MOBO-award winning act So Solid Crew, while separately, Neutrino, one half of U.K. chart-topping dance act Oxide & Neutrino, was shot during a fracas earlier in the year.
In July 1999, DJ Tim Westwood, who had the top-rated show for hip-hop and rap on Radio 1, was wounded during a drive-by attack in south London.