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Sasha Johnson: London vigil to be held as BLM activist shot in head undergoes surgery

A vigil will happen in London for Sasha Johnson, the black anti-racism activist preventing for her life after being caught up in gunfire when violence erupted at a celebration.

The gathering will happen exterior Kings College Hospital in Camberwell, south London, at 3pm on Monday.

Ms Johnson, 27, stays in a crucial situation in hospital after she was shot in the head in Peckham, south-east London, in the early hours of Sunday.

The mother-of-two has simply undergone a profitable operation and her dad and mom are by her aspect.

Police stated there isn’t any proof that the 27-year-old campaigner was the supposed goal of the capturing — though the Taking The Initiative Party, of which she is a member, stated the assault got here after “numerous death threats as a result of her activism” in an Instagram submit.

Asked in regards to the circumstances surrounding the capturing, Ms Johnson’s good friend Imarn Ayton advised BBC News: “As far as we are aware, she was at a party.

“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.

“But I don’t believe she was the intended victim.”

Oxford Brooks graduate Ms Johnson is a identified determine in the Black Lives Matter motion and is described as “a strong, powerful voice for our people and our community” by the Taking The Initiative Party (TTIP).

In a press release, the social gathering stated: “Sasha has always been actively fighting for black people and the injustices that surround the black community, as well as being both a member of BLM and a member of Taking The Initiative Party’s executive leadership committee.”

The Metropolitan Police issued an enchantment for witnesses to the capturing of a 27-year-old lady however refused to verify if it was Ms Johnson.

She was discovered after officers had been known as to studies of gunshots in Consort Road, Peckham, shortly earlier than 3am.

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