Black Lives Matter activist ‘fighting for her life’ after Peckham shooting

Katherine Johnston (24 May, 2021)

Police are appealing for residents of Consort Road and other members of the public to get in touch with any information, doorbell or dashcam footage they might have

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 A Black Lives Matter activist is fighting for her life after being shot in Peckham in the early hours of Sunday morning. 

The victim, Sasha Johnson, has been named by the group Taking the Initiative Party. In a statement, a spokesperson for the group said she had received ‘numerous death threats’ before the attack.

“Let’s all come together and pray for Sasha, pray for her recovery and show our support to her family and loved ones,” the group said, describing her as “a strong, powerful voice for our people and community”.

Police are now appealing for information after the attack in Consort Road at 3am on May 23.  

In a statement from the Met, a spokesperson said Trident officers were leading the investigation and at this stage there have been no arrests.

She was taken by ambulance to a south London hospital where she remains in a critical condition. Her family have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

Detectives said they have been conducting urgent enquiries at the scene of the incident and in the surrounding area throughout the day and are pursuing a number of priority lines of enquiry.

It is believed that the shooting occurred in the vicinity of a house where a party was taking place and that a number of people may have been in the area.

Police added: “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.

Officers are very keen to hear from anyone who was at the party and who has not yet spoken to police.”

Detective Chief Inspector Jimi Tele, leading the investigation said: “This was a shocking incident that has left a young woman with very serious injuries. Our thoughts are with her family who are being provided with support at this terribly difficult time.

“A dedicated team of detectives is working tirelessly to identify the person or persons responsible for this shooting. They are making good progress but they need the public’s help.

“If you saw anything suspicious in the Consort Road area in the early hours of Sunday morning or if you have heard information since that could help detectives, it is crucial that you get in touch.

“Finally, 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.”

Anybody with information is asked to call police on 101 or tweet @MetCC providing the reference CAD1172/23MAY.

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