Five men have been arrested in connection with the shooting of Black Lives Matter activist Sasha Johnson, who was shot in the head in the early hours of Sunday morning in London.
London Metropolitan Police said officers arrested a 17-year-old man on charges of possession of an offensive weapon and on charges of drug possession. After the man was arrested, police were taken to an address in Peckham, where three men – aged 18, 19 and 28 – were arrested for drug offenses.
The fifth man, 25, was arrested Tuesday night after a police chase in Peckham, Metropolitan Police said.
The five suspects, according to the department, have been charged with suspicion of attempted murder and are being held unrelated.
The news release did not say why the five were arrested in connection with Johnson’s shooting.
“While the investigation is in the early stages, these arrests show that progress is being made. However, I will continue to appeal to those who may contain information about the events that led to Sasha sustaining her horrific injuries, or to those responsible, to do the right thing and come forward and talking to the police, “Richard Inspector, chief inspector of the Metropolitan Police, Richard Leonard said.
Metropolitan police have apparently disputed activists’ allegations that Johnson was the victim of a targeted attack because of her Black Lives Matter commitment and political views.
“At this early stage, the work is still a motive, but there is nothing to suggest that Sasha was a targeted attack,” he said. “At the moment, the police are also not aware of any reports of threats made to her before the incident.”
Metropolitan police, in an earlier update, said officers were looking for ‘four black men’ dressed in dark-colored clothes who fired the firearm during the shooting incident.
According to reports, Johnson is still in critical condition in a hospital in south London.
Johnson’s left-wing Take the Initiative Party wrote earlier this week that she had “received numerous death threats as a result of her activism”.
Black Lives Matter activist Imarn Ayton, who is described as a friend of Johnson’s, told ITV that she was likely shot in an incident “more related to rival gangs” in the area.
“I believe it was a party and that there was some dispute between two individuals or two gangs, and that it was wrong places, wrong time,” Ayton remarked, adding that she did not ‘believe’. [Johnson] was the intended victim. ”