Five men, aged between 17 and 28, have been arrested for suspicion of attempted murder after a British activist Sasha Johnson He was left with fatal injuries following a shooting in London in the early hours of Sunday (23 May).
According to BBC, 27-year-old, known as a leading voice in Black Lives Matter and other anti-racist demonstrations in the UK, is hospitalized in critical condition. A search is also being done at two addresses in London’s Pekham district.
The shooting occurred during a house party when a group of men are said to have entered the premises where it took place. Authorities arrested a 17-year-old boy on Tuesday afternoon after a search operation in south London. He was arrested on suspicion of possession of arms and drugs.
As the investigation continued, police were taken to another London address, where three people, aged 18, 19 and 28, were arrested on suspicion of assault – or fighting in a public place – and drug possession I went. After a police chase, a 25-year-old fifth man was apprehended later in the evening.
The Metropolitan Police said all five were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and are still in custody.
Johnson is also known as the leader of the Black British political movement Taking the Initiative Party (TTIP). People who knew him said he had received threats to kill him, although police say he did not think it was a targeted attack. London Metropolitan Police Commander Alison Hydari said detectives “were not aware of any reports of threats made against them prior to this incident,” according to BBC.