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UK Black Lives Matter campaigner in critical condition after being shot in the head

A British Black Lives Matter (BLM) campaigner is in a critical condition after sustaining a gunshot wound to her head, a statement from her political party, Taking the Initiative Party, has said.

Sasha Johnson, both a BLM activist and senior member of TTIP, was shot in the early hours of Sunday morning, the latter group said in a statement. It added the mother of two had received “numerous” death threats because of her activism. The statement, posted on Instagram, said: “It is with great sadness that we inform you that our own Sasha Johnson has been brutally attacked and sustained a gunshot wound to her head. Police said paramedics transported a 27-year-old woman with gunshot wounds to a south London hospital, and that the incident appeared to have happened near a house party in Southwark. The police statement said that at this early stage of investigation there was no evidence to suggest a targeted attack or that the woman “had received any credible threats against her prior to this incident.”

Detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command (Trident) are conducting an investigation and looking to speak with anyone who was at the party in the Consort Road area of London, it added. “A dedicated team of detectives is working tirelessly to identify the person or persons responsible for this shooting,” said Detective Chief Inspector Jim Tele. He added that “they need the public’s help,” and urged people to come forward if they witnessed or had heard information about the incident. Black Lives Matter UK hailed Johnson as a “young mother and fearless political campaigner who was at the forefront of many BLM protests last summer,” in a message on Twitter.

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ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH

POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

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