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RADIO 1 DJ SHOT DEAD IN STREET; Killed in a brawl.

RADIO 1 stars were in shock yesterday after one of their DJs was shot dead during a late-night brawl.

Reggae presenter Horace Pinnock - known to listeners as DJ Village - was gunned down outside a London hotel after a fight with 10 other men.

Ambulances raced to the scene and Pinnock was taken to hospital, but doctors were unable to save him.

Pinnock, 24, who was tipped as a future top broadcaster, regularly stood in for Radio 1's top reggae man, Chris Goldfinger.

Last night, station bosses paid tribute to the DJ.

A spokesman said: "It is a tragedy and our thoughts go out to his family at this time.

"He was a gifted, up-and-coming DJ who deputised for Chris Goldfinger on Radio 1's Reggae Dance Hall Nite. He last appeared in June this year."

The shooting happened in the early hours of Tuesday morning outside the Plaza Hotel, just a few yards from Wembley arena.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "At approximately 2.30 in the morning, police were informed by London Ambulance Service of a shooting incident in the vicinity of Empire Way, Wembley.

"It appears there had been some kind of altercation between about 10 black males where one fired shots at the victim.

"The black, male victim was taken to the Central Middlesex Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

"There have been no arrests and police are keeping an open mind regarding the motive."

A post mortem confirmed a gunshot wound was the cause of death.

In 1999, Radio 1 rap DJ Tim Westwood was badly injured during a motorbike drive-by shooting after a festival in Lambeth, south London.
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