A well-known BLM activist in the U.K. was shot in the head at about 3 a.m. in southeast London on Sunday.
Sasha Johnson, 27, is reported to be in critical condition. She is currently in the intensive care unit at a local hospital after undergoing surgery. The incident apparently occurred at or near a house party in the Peckham area of the city.
As part of a Twitter thread, Black Lives Matter UK wrote that “We are saddened to hear that Sasha Johnson is fighting for her life after a critical wound and following numerous death threats. While Sasha wasn’t part of our organization, she impressively founded a new Black led political party and was dedicated to resist anti-Black racism.”
As alluded to above, Johnson is a leader of the Taking the Initiative Party, an organization that also asserted that she was subject to death threats. On Facebook, the organization made an appeal: “Let’s all come together and pray for Sasha, pray for her recovery and show our support to her family and loved ones.”
Cops have indicated that, so far, there is no evidence that Johnson was specifically a target of the attack “or that she had received any credible threats against her,” the BBC reported.
No arrests have been made as yet. Detectives with the London police Specialist Crime Command, who are investigating, have requested the public’s help in providing any information related to the incident, including any witnesses who might come forward.
According to one of Johnson’s friends, “As far as I am aware… this incident is more related to rival gangs as opposed to her activism,” the BCC added.
Johnson was one of the organizers of the Million People March in August 2020 that protested systemic racism in the U.K.
A vigil for Johnson, who is a mother of three, is scheduled this afternoon outside of King’s College Hospital in London.
#BLM leader Sasha Johnson is in hospital with life-threatening injuries after being shot in London. She rose in prominence last year for her advocacy of the creation of an armed black militia, the abolishment of police & the overthrowing of capitalism. pic.twitter.com/Q9doTLPCvw
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) May 23, 2021
Incumbent Sadiq Khan of the left-wing Labor Party was re-elected as London mayor earlier this month as expected (although by a narrower margin than anticipated) despite rising crime in the city. Most of the surging violence in the country’s capital is, however, related to knife crime.
Watch a report on the Sasha Johnson shooting aired by Sky News:
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