A top Black Lives Matter activist is in critical condition after being shot in the head in central London

a person wearing sunglasses and standing in front of a crowd: Sasha Johnson. Sky NewsSasha Johnson

A Black Lives Matter activist is in critical condition after being shot in the head in central London, her colleagues said.

Sasha Johnson, 27, was shot in the early hours of Sunday morning “following numerous death threats,” according to a statement from the Taking The Initiative Party.

The Metropolitan Police Service said it is investigating a shooting, but is not confirming the victim’s identity yet.

In a Sunday statement, the department said that a 27-year-old woman had been shot on Consort Road, Southwark, shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday. She was taken by ambulance to a South London hospital, the statement said.

“There is nothing to suggest that the woman who was shot was the subject of a targeted attack or that she had received any credible threats against her prior to this incident,” the statement said.

The police added that they believe there was a party going on in the area at the time, and the street was busy. They say that they are pursuing several lines of inquiry but that the investigation is still at an early stage.

Johnson is part of the UK’s Taking The Initiative Party, which was “created to ensure the inclusion of black and working-class people in the UK political arena,” according to the group’s social media page.

“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,” read the group’s statement.

“Sasha is also a mother of three and a strong, powerful voice for our people and our community.”

Johnson came to prominence within the Black Lives Matter UK movement as an organizer last year, The Guardian reported.

The Met’s Detective Chief Inspector Jimi Tele said: “This was a shocking incident that has left a young woman with very serious injuries. Our thoughts are with her family who are being provided with support at this terribly difficult time.”

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