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Black Lives Matter activist Sasha Johnson ‘in critical condition after suffering gunshot wound to the head’

A woman who suffered a gunshot wound to the head in the early hours of Sunday morning is understood to be an activist in the Black Lives Matters movement.

Police are appealing for information after finding the woman, in her 20s, with life-threatening injuries in Southwark, south London, at about 3am.

In a statement on its Facebook page, the Taking The Initiative Party said Sasha Johnson had been subject to numerous death threats.

The statement said: “It is with great sadness that we inform you that our own Sasha Johnson has sustained a gunshot wound to her head.

“Sasha has always been actively fighting for black people and the injustices that surround the black community, as well as being both a member of BLM and a member of Taking the Initiative Party’s executive leadership committee.

“Sasha is also a mother of three and a strong, powerful voice for our people and our community.

“Let’s all come together and pray for Sasha, pray for her recovery and show our support to her family and loved ones.”

She was reported to have cut ties with the Black Lives Matter movement in recent months.

Detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command (Trident) are leading the investigation.

There is a significant police presence in the area as enquiries continue and a number of roads are currently closed.

No arrests have been made.

Detective Chief Inspector Jimi Tele said: “We are all hoping that this young woman’s condition improves.

“Our investigation is in its early stages and urgent enquiries are under way to establish the circumstances.

“I would appeal to the residents of Consort Road and the surrounding area to check any doorbell or dashcam footage for any suspicious activity that may relate to this investigation.”

Anybody with information about the incident is asked to call police on 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting CAD 1172/23May.

They can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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