Bajan-descended Deejay played at Disco where four got killed and 9 wounded in Gang-Type slaying
AN OLDHAM-born international DJ has spoken of his “deep shock” after four people were shot dead and nine injured during his set in a club in Venezuela.
Techno and house DJ Carl Cox was headlining the event in Caracas when gunmen opened fire on the 7,000 clubbers.
The four killed were three men aged 20, 30 and 42 and a 24-year-old woman.
Police have launched a full investigation into the incident, which is believed to be drug and gang-related.
In a statement posted on his website Carl, 45, said: “My condolences go out to victims that were caught up in the horrific act that took place at this gig.
“I feel so sad that anybody would act in such a manner when the event was full of 7,000 people having fun.
“I find it such a sad moment as this was probably one of the best shows I had played in South America ? a sign of real progress utterly hijacked by this mindless act.
“Again, my heart goes out to those that have died or been injured. This is not what the dance scene is about and is a million miles away from what I want to do, or promote.”
Gruesome footage of the aftermath has been posted on YouTube.
An eyewitness posted his account online: “Last night, 15 metres from me, when Carl Cox started his show and 10 minutes into it, someone started to shoot everyone. It sounded like firecrackers, so fast, I didn?t think it was a gun. Everybody started to run.”
Carl was born and raised in Oldham with his Barbadian parents and two sisters and, from the age of 10, spent all his pocket money on soul and funk records. In his teens the family moved to London, where he was DJ-ing parties with his mobile disco at the age of 15.
In the 1980s he moved from playing soul to disco and then hip-hop, but it was a move to Brighton in 1986 where he discovered acid house, for which he became best known.
Cox built up a reputation for playing with three decks on the infamous M1/Orbital rave circuit before beginning to produce records as well.
In 1992 he had his first hit with ?I Want You? and performed on ?Top Of The Pops?, while his first album ?FACT? (Future Alliance of Communication and Technology) sold 250,000 copies.
His is revered as one of the best ambassadors for dance music and continues to play to massive crowds world-wide.