Prominent U.K. Black Lives Matter demonstrator Sasha Johnson is in critical condition after being shot in the head in London on Sunday.
As Reuters reports, London's Metropolitan Police did not identify Johnson, but her identity was confirmed by her political party.
"We are all hoping that this young woman's condition improves," detective chief inspector Jimi Tele said, according to Reuters. “Our investigation is in its early stages and urgent inquiries are under way to establish the circumstances."
BLMUK expresses our shock and solidarity over the shooting of Sasha Johnson. A young mother and fearless political campaigner who was at the forefront of many BLM protests last summer. https://t.co/4DzuqnhkT2— #BlackLivesMatterUK (@ukblm) May 23, 2021
Johnson, 27, sits on the executive leadership committee of the Taking the Initiative Party, which said in an Instagram post that the shooting occurred early Monday morning.
“It is with great sadness that we inform you that our own Sasha Johnson has been brutally attacked and sustained a gunshot wound to her head. She is currently in intensive care and in a critical condition,” the political party said. “The attack happened in the early hours of this morning, following numerous death threats as a result of her activism.”