Sasha Johnson, one of Britain’s best-known Black Lives Matter activists, has been shot in the head and is in “critical condition”, according to a statement released by her political party on Sunday.
Ms Johnson, 27, the self-styled “Black Panther of Oxford” and a mother of three, according to her party, or a mother of two, according to the BBC, reportedly sustained a gunshot wound to the head in the early hours of Sunday morning in the Southwark area of London.
A statement from the Taking The Initiative Party (TTIP) said: “It is with great sadness that we inform you that our own Sasha Johnson has sustained a gunshot wound to her head. She is currently hospitalised and in a critical condition. The incident happened in the early hours of this morning, following numerous death threats.
“Sasha has always been actively fighting for black people and the injustices that surround the black community, as well as being both a member of BLM and a member of Taking the Initiative Party’s Executive Leadership Committee. Sasha is also a mother of 3 and a strong, powerful voice for our people and our community.
“Let’s all come together and pray for Sasha, pray for her recovery and show our support to her family and loved ones.”
Imarn Ayton, a friend of Johnson, told ITV that it’s likely that she was shot in an incident that was “more related to rival gangs” in the area.
“I do believe that it was a party and there was some type of dispute between two individuals or two gangs, and it was wrong place, wrong time,” Ayton continued, adding that she doesn’t “believe [Johnson] was the intended victim.”
Ayton continued to say: “I can’t speculate, I wasn’t there. Again, just based off of the information that I’ve been given from closer friends and family, as far as we are aware, she was at a party or some sort of gathering and this incident is more related to rival gangs as opposed to her activism, let’s just say that.”
In a statement believed to be referring to Ms Johnson, London’s Metropolitan Police said that the shooting is thought to have occurred near a house party in Southwark.
“While the investigation is at an early stage, there is nothing to suggest that the woman who was shot was the subject of a targeted attack or that she had received any credible threats against her prior to this incident,” the Met said.
Detective Chief Inspector Jimi Tele added: “I recognise that this incident will have shocked those in the local community and further afield. I would ask people to avoid speculating as to the motive or the circumstances behind it.
“If anyone does have information, the most responsible and helpful action is to share it with the police or, to remain anonymous, with Crimestoppers.”
The Met has not officially confirmed the shooting victim’s identity as of the time of publication, however.
Sasha Johnson gained national attention following the publication of a viral video which showed her declaring that British police are “no different than the KKK” and that the formation of a “Black Militia” was necessary to combat racism in Britain. She has also called for the creation of a “race offenders’ register” which could impact the jobs people can hold and the areas where they can live, and called for the “hanging” of what she called “house negroes” after a British government report led by a black academic found that the United Kingdom is not an “institutionally racist” country.
While not affiliated with the Twitter-verified Black Lives Matter UK organisation, Johnson has frequently appeared at BLM rallies in London and helped establish an autonomous Black Lives Matter group in Oxford.
Responding to the reports of her shooting, BLM UK wrote on social media: “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 organisation, she impressively founded a new Black-led political party and was dedicated to resist anti-Black racism.”
This is an excerpt from Breitbart.
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