Monday, July 19, 1999 Published at 20:10 GMT 21:10 UK
Thank God I'm alive - shot DJ
Tim Westwood: In a "stable" condition in a London hospital
BBC Radio 1 DJ Tim Westwood is under police guard in a London hospital after being injured in a drive-by shooting.
Speaking through his agent, the presenter said: "I thank God I'm alive and that everyone has survived.
"Everybody at the hospital has been great. I feel fine."
Westwood was taken to St Thomas's Hospital, Lambeth, where he had an operation to clean the entry and exit wound in his right arm.
A hospital spokeswoman said: "Tim Westwood hopes to go home tomorrow."
A police spokeswoman said six people were injured in the shooting, which took place in the busy Kennington Park Road at around 2040 BST on Sunday.
Westwood's assistant, Ross Newman, was also shot in the incident, while four others sustained minor injuries, believed to have been caused by flying glass.
Newman, who is recovering in a bed next to Westwood, has had a similar operation to clean an entry and exit wound in his upper right leg.
After the shooting, the motorcycle sped off in the direction of the Elephant and Castle.
Appeal for witnesses
Westwood had been travelling back from an event in Brockwell Park, south London, at the time.
The police spokeswoman said: "We are particularly keen to hear from motorists in the area at the time who saw a motorcycle being driven erratically and at high speed.
She added they were keeping an "open mind" on the motive behind the shooting.
Radio 1 said its controller Andy Parfitt had spoken to the DJ and wished him a speedy recovery.
Westwood is acknowleged to be one of the leading figures in the hip-hop and rap scene in the UK.
Later, he was one of the co-owners of Kiss FM in London when it was an unlicensed station, then he joined Capital Radio, where he stayed for seven years.
He joined Radio 1 in 1994, as part of moves to make the station a more credible force in the UK music scene.
He has been credited with attracting other big names from the hip-hop and dance music scene to the station, and his Justice Productions company produces both his show and that of reggae DJ Chris Goldfinger.
The other passengers in the car were from Justice Productions.