Police hunting four men over shooting of Black Lives Matter activist Sasha Johnson
The 27-year-old was shot in the head in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Police are searching for four black men over the shooting of Black Lives Matter activist Sasha Johnson.
Johnson was shot in the head in Peckham, South London after the four men stormed into a garden party and opened fire. However Scotland Yard has said that it does not believe Johnson was the intended target of the attack.
The Mirror reports that Commander Alison Heydari said: "From our enquiries so far, we have established that Sasha had been at a party at a house on Consort Road in Peckham early on Sunday morning.
"Around 3am a group of four black males dressed in dark coloured clothing entered the garden of the property and discharged a firearm. They had left the scene before officers arrived.
"We are aware of Sasha's involvement in the Black Lives Matter movement in the UK and I understand the concern this will cause to some communities - however I wish to stress that at this time there is nothing to suggest Sasha was the victim of a targeted attack.
"We are also not aware of any reports of threats made against her prior to this incident."
Heydari described the incident as "shocking" and said that the force's "thoughts are with the family."
The commander went on to say that the suspects are black men who were dressed in dark clothing, and that there "is no suggestion they knew Sasha."
"There is someone out there who knows who carried out this attack and these people do not deserve their protection," she added.
However, Johnson's Taking The Initiative Party has refused to believe assurances from the Met that alleged death threats Johnson received prior to the shooting were not credible.
A statement on the party's website reads: "The irony, is in the fact that the police have stated that there is no clear evidence that Sasha was the target of the attack, and that there are no credible death threats made towards her; however, how have the police come to this conclusion without being able to speak with Sasha regarding the death threats and investigate?
"Do the police know who the target of the attack was, in order to conclude that Sasha wasn’t? How does one manage to shoot someone in the head accidentally? Surely, to end up in hospital having sustained a bullet shot to the head, makes a death threat more credible.
"We need to highlight the issue here in the narrative and the corruption of the system, whereby an individual gets shot in the head yet continues to receive abuse and even gets blamed for being the victim of targeted hate crime."