Sasha Johnson shot by “four black males”

The shooting of Sasha Johnson was at the hands of “four black males dressed in dark clothing” who “discharged a firearm” in the garden of a house in Peckham where a party was being held, the police have revealed

When reports came in of the Black Lives Matter activist’s grave injury to the head in the early hours of Monday morning, the authorities insisted there was no evidence the incident was linked to her campaign activities.

The statement released this morning confirmed the initial assessment and stressed “that at this time there is nothing to suggest Sasha was the victim of a targeted attack.” Johnson, a mother of two, remains in hospital.

“This was a shocking incident that has left a young woman with very serious injuries,” said Commander Alison Heydari.

“Our thoughts are with the family of Sasha Johnson who are being supported by specially trained officers.

“A dedicated team of detectives are working tirelessly to identify the person – or people – responsible for the shooting.

“They are making good progress but they need the public’s help.

“From our enquiries so far, we have established that Sasha had been at a party at a house on Consort Road in Peckham early on Sunday morning.

“Around 3am a group of four black males dressed in dark coloured clothing entered the garden of the property and discharged a firearm.

“They had left the scene before officers arrived.

“We are aware of Sasha’s involvement in the Black Lives Matter movement in the UK and I understand the concern this will cause to some communities – however I wish to stress that at this time there is nothing to suggest Sasha was the victim of a targeted attack.

“We are also not aware of any reports of threats made against her prior to this incident.

“I want to take this opportunity to reassure you that we are doing everything possible to identify those responsible and to bring them to justice.

“Tackling violent crime on the streets of London is a top priority for the Met, and the people of London have a vital role to play in that.

“If you have any information about the events of Sunday morning we need you to contact police immediately by calling 101.

“You can also report information anonymously to Crimestoppers online on by calling 0800 555 111.”

The suggestion the shooting might be gang related was aired yesterday by a friend of Johnson’s. “As far as I am aware… this incident is more related to rival gangs as opposed to her activism,” Imarn Ayton told the BBC.

The latest development also makes premature comments by political figures look even more ill-advised.

Soon after the story broke, Johnson’s Taking The Initiative Party released a statement suggesting the shocking incident was linked to “numerous death threats as a result of her activism”. Damningly, Dr Heydari said in her statement she was not aware of Johnson having received threats.

Diane Abbott, posted the tweet below, provoking a wave of criticism.   

The former shadow home secretary was later dragged over the coals by Ian Dale on LBC for ‘inflaming racial divides’.