BLM activist ‘shot in head by drive-by gunmen after clash between rival gangs’

A leading Black Lives Matter activist who was shot in the head is believed to have been caught in the middle of ‘gang rivalry’ at a party, her friend has said.

Sasha Johnson, a mum-of-three, is in a critical condition in hospital after she was gunned down in Peckham, south-east London, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The Taking The Initiative Party (TTIP), of which the 27-year-old campaigner is a member, said she had received ‘numerous death threats’ before the shooting.

However, friend Imarn Ayton said she does not believe that Ms Johnson was the intended victim of the attack.

She told the BBC: ‘As far as we are aware, she was at a party or some sort of gathering and this incident is more related to rival gangs as opposed to her activism, let’s just say that.’

Ms Ayton continued: ‘There was a rival gang that may have heard about someone being in that party that they didn’t feel quite comfortable with or trusted and so they resorted to driving past and shooting into the garden.

‘And one of those shots obviously hit Sasha Johnson.’

‘This was not targeted to Sasha and it’s just unfortunate that her friends and family will have to witness this and go through it,’ she added.

Ms Ayton said Ms Johnson successfully underwent surgery and is now with her parents.