Sasha Johnson: Family ‘distraught’ after Peckham shooting, police say as officers seek 4 men

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<p>Activist Sasha Johnson gestures at the head of a gathering in Westbourne Park </p> (AFP via Getty Images)

Activist Sasha Johnson gestures at the head of a gathering in Westbourne Park

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The family of a woman shot in Peckham have been left “distraught,” police say, as they search for four men who took part in the shooting.

Sasha Johnson, a prominent Black Lives Matter campaigner, is critically ill in hospital after being shot in the head at a property in Consort Road on Sunday.

Officers were called to the property at 3am following reports of gunshots.

When they arrived at the scene, along with the London Ambulance service, they found the 27-year-old suffering from gun wounds.

She was subsequently taken to a south London hospital where she remains in a critical condition.

The Met police say her family have been left “distraught.”

“The people who have carried out such a callous attack do not deserve to be protected and must be apprehended. Please do the right thing

A tent in the garden of a house in Consort Road, Peckham, police officers investigating the shooting of black equal rights activist Sasha JohnsonPA Wire
A tent in the garden of a house in Consort Road, Peckham, police officers investigating the shooting of black equal rights activist Sasha JohnsonPA Wire

A man, believed aged in his 20s, also suffered a superficial knife injury during the incident.

He attended hospital and was discharged following treatment.

The group of four black males, dressed in dark coloured clothing, left the scene before officers arrived.

Despite claims shared on social media that the attack was because of Johnson’s campaigning, police have stressed that there is no evidence to suggest this was a targeted attack.

In their latest statement, Detective Chief Inspector Richard Leonard, who is leading the investigation, said: “Our investigation continues to make progress but we need the assistance of the community to find out who was responsible for this horrific attack that has left Sasha fighting for her life.

“Our work is ongoing to establish the motive for this attack but I want to reiterate that nothing has been brought to our attention that suggests Sasha was targeted. I would urge anyone who can help our investigation to get in touch so we can ensure these dangerous individuals are identified and arrested.”

There will also be an increased presence of local officers in the community to ease residents concerns.

Superintendent Kris Wright from the Central South Command Unit which covers policing for Southwark and Lambeth said: “I would also appeal directly to the community – if you have any information that could assist this investigation, no matter how small you think it is, then please contact police or the independent charity Crimestoppers.

“Sasha has been left critically injured and her family is distraught; the people who have carried out such a callous attack do not deserve to be protected and must be apprehended. Please do the right thing.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD1172/23MAY

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