News 27 May 2021

Sasha Johnson: Five Arrested In Connection With Shooting Of Black Lives Matter Activist

27 May 2021
Sasha Johnson

Five people have been arrested after a prominent Black Lives Matter activist, Sasha Johnson, was shot in the head in south London.

Sasha, 27, remains in a critical condition in hospital after being shot at a house party in Peckham on Sunday.

The Metropolitan Police have now said five males aged between 17 and 28 have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, as well as other offences.

A 17-year-old was first arrested following a stop and search on Tuesday afternoon. He was arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon and possession with the intent to supply class A drugs.

Three men – aged 18, 19 and 28 – were arrested on suspicion of affray and possession with intent to supply class B drugs while the fifth man, 25, was arrested on suspicion of affray and failing to stop for police.

All five remain in custody.

“While the investigation remains in its early stages, these arrests show that progress is being made,” Detective Chief Inspector Richard Leonard said.

“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.”

[Image Credit: Sasha Johnson. Pic: Facebook/Taking The Initiative]