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Five men arrested in connection to shooting of BLM activist Sasha Johnson

Police say they are working to establish a motive, but they have not found evidence to suggest this is a targeted attack

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FILE - In this Saturday, June 13, 2020 file photo Sasha Johnson, center, of the Black Lives Matter movement attends a protest at Hyde Park in London. Johnson, a British Black Lives Matter 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. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali, File)
By: Alyssa Wilson

Detectives with the Metropolitan Police in South London have arrested five men in connection to the shooting of Black Lives Matter activist Sasha Johnson .  

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Johnson remains in critical condition after being shot in the head on Sunday, May 23, around 3:00 a.m. Prior to the incident, the Black-led political party Taking The Initiative said she had been receiving death threats due to her activism.  

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According to police, officers with the Violence Suppression Unit stopped a 17-year-old man and arrested him, on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and possession with intent to supply class A drugs.  

Subsequently, officers were led to an address in Peckham where they found and arrested an 18-year-old, 19-year-old and 28-year old on suspicion of affray, an instance of fighting in a public place, and possession with intent to supply class B drugs. A 25-year-old man was arrested that night after a police pursuit. All five men have also been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder as police continue to investigate Johnson’s case.  

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Leonard, who is leading the case, 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 the police.”  

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