A young woman who has campaigned for the Black Lives Matter movement has been shot in Peckham, London. 27-year-old Sasha Johnson is being treated in intensive care and is currently in a critical condition, according to Taking The Initiative, the political party she is a member of.
Police have appealed for witnesses in relation to the incident, but have not yet formally confirmed that Sasha Johnson was the victim. "Police were called shortly before 03:00hrs on Sunday, 23 May following reports of gunshots in Consort Road, SE15," a Metropolitan Police statement reads. It adds that paramedics attended the scene, where they found a 27-year-old woman who had been shot, and proceeded to take her via ambulance to a south London hospital where she remains in a critical condition.
"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," continues the police statement.
It is believed that the shooting took place near to a house party, and officers have urged anyone who was at the party or who was in the nearby vicinity to come forward if they have not yet spoken to police.
On social media, Taking The Initiative claimed that Sasha was the woman who had been involved in the incident.
"It is with great sadness that we inform you that our own Sasha Johnson has been brutally attacked and sustained a gunshot wound to her head," reads an Instagram post by the political party. "The attack happened in the early hours of this morning, following numerous death threats as a result of her activism."
Sasha, a mother of two, is a known activist for Black equality, campaigning against the injustices that surround the Black community. She was a prominent supporter of the campaign to remove the statue of Cecil Rhodes - a 19th Century businessman and politician in southern Africa who represented white supremacy and was known for his racism - from Oxford University's Oriel College. The college have recently said they will not be removing the statue due to "complex" planning processes and high costs associated with any move.
The political party - for which Sasha sits on the Executive Leadership Committee - urged followers to "come together and pray for Sasha, pray for her recovery and show our support to her family and loved ones."
Let's hope Sasha makes a safe recovery from her awful injuries.
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