LONDON – British police said on Wednesday they had arrested five people on suspicion of involvement in a murder attempt in connection with the shooting of a prominent activist of Black Lives Matter.
Sasha Johnson, 27, was hospitalized in critical condition after being shot at a house party in southeast London early Sunday.
The police and her friend have not said anything to indicate that Johnson was targeted in the attack, but TA said she had received death threats in the past related to her activism.
London’s Metropolitan Police said Johnson was in the back garden attending the house party when four black men entered the building and fired a firearm, wounding Johnson.
On Wednesday, police said they arrested five suspects, ages 17 to 28, on other alleged charges, including possession of drugs and weapons, before arresting the five on suspicion of attempted murder. They remained in police custody.
The police force stressed that it was not aware of “any news of threats made to (Johnson) prior to the accident.”
A friend of Johnson told the BBC earlier this week that gang violence at the party may have led to Johnson’s shooting.