Five men arrested over attempted murder of Black Lives Matter activist

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Police have arrested five men on suspicion of attempted murder following the shooting of Black Lives Matter activist Sasha Johnson.

The 27-year-old activist remains in hospital in a critical condition after being attacked at a party in Peckham, south east London in the early hours on Sunday.

Officers stopped a 17-year-old boy on Tuesday and arrested him on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

Their investigation led them to an address in Peckham where three more males – an 18-year-old, a 19-year-old and a 28-year-old – were all arrested on suspicion of affray and possession with intent to supply class B drugs.

A fifth man, aged 25, was arrested on suspicion of affray and failing to stop for police later on Tuesday following a police chase of a car in Peckham.

They were all subsequently arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remain in custody.

The Metropolitan Police said searches continue at two residential addresses in Peckham and in relation to the car that was stopped.

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Detective Chief Inspector Richard Leonard, from the Met’s Specialist Crime, said: “While the investigation remains in its early stages, these arrests show that progress is being made.

“However, I would continue to appeal to those who may hold information about the events that led to Sasha receiving her horrific injuries, or about those responsible, to do the right thing and come forward and speak to police.”

Superintendent Kris Wright, from the Central South Command Unit, responsible for policing in Southwark and Lambeth, added: “These arrests are the result of instinctive local police work, combined with fast-time intelligence gathering, and shows the effectiveness of the various police teams in the Met working together.

“Local officers, supported by specialist teams, will continue to be in and around the Peckham area in the coming days and I continue to urge anyone with concerns to engage with them.”

Police have said there is nothing to suggest she was the subject of a targeted attack.

The force added that at this time, it is not aware of any reports of threats made against her before the shooting.

Officers were called to the scene shortly before 3am on Sunday.

A man, thought to be in his 20s, suffered a superficial knife injury during the incident.

He went to hospital and was discharged following treatment.

Police say no other injuries have been reported.

News of the shooting of mum-of-three Sasha was released by the Taking The Initiative Party.

The organisation wrote on Instagram: "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.”

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