Sasha Johnson: five arrested on suspicion of Peckham attempted murder

Kit Heren (26 May, 2021)

Sasha remains in a critical condition in hospital

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Five men have been arrested in connection with the shooting of Sasha Johnson in Peckham, according to the police.

All five were arrested on Tuesday for the attempted murder of Black Lives Matter activist Sasha after first being detained for violent or drugs-related offences.

The men were aged between 17 and 28, and were arrested in Peckham. The final suspect, a 25-year-old man was arrested after a police chase in the area.

Searches continue at two addresses in Peckham and in relation to the man’s getaway car.

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Leonard from the Met’s Specialist Crime who leads the investigation said: “While the investigation remains in its early stages, these arrests show that progress is being made. However, I would continue to appeal to those who may hold information about the events that led to Sasha receiving her horrific injuries, or about those responsible, to do the right thing and come forward and speak to police.”

Superintendent Kris Wright, from the Central South Command Unit, responsible for policing in Southwark and Lambeth said: “These arrests are the result of instinctive local police work, combined with fast-time intelligence gathering, and shows the effectiveness of the various police teams in the Met working together.

“Local officers, supported by specialist teams, will continue to be in and around the Peckham area in the coming days and I continue to urge anyone with concerns to engage with them.”

Mother-of-three Sasha, 27, remains in hospital in a critical condition after being shot in the head at a house party on Consort Road in the early hours of Sunday (May 23).

Police said there is nothing to suggest the shooting was a targeted attack. Another man sustained a superficial knife wound in the attack, officers said.

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