Sasha Johnson, one of the UK’s top Black Lives Matter activists, is in critical condition after being shot in the head early on Sunday, according to reports.
Details of the shooting were not immediately provided by the London Metropolitan Police. News organizations including the BBC and the Guardian reported that city police responded to a shooting just before 3 a.m. in south-east London. The victim was a 27-year-old woman and the shooting took place near a house party. The Guardian, citing police, reported that there was no immediate evidence to suggest that she had been targeted.
The BBC reported that Johnson, 27, is also a leading member of the country’s Taking the Initiative party, which the report says is considered Britain’s first “black-led political party”.
His party called on the public to pray for his recovery.
The Guardian reported that Johnson rose to prominence during last year’s protests that erupted in Britain.
The newspaper also singled out Claudia Webbe, a Labor MP, who took to Twitter after the shooting to call the incident involving Johnson “shocking.”
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“All women should be safe on our streets,” she tweeted. “I wish him a full recovery. Sending love and solidarity to family, friends and loved ones. There are still too many guns and violent weapons damaging too many #BLM lives. “