‘Devastated’ mother of shot activist Sasha Johnson makes witness appeal

Two weeks after activist Sasha Johnson was shot in the head at a party in Peckham detectives say they're facing a 'wall of silence'. Her close friend who was hosting the party told of the moment attackers arrived — “We were sitting ducks here”, Donna Williams told Ria Chatterjee.

The “devastated” mother of equal rights activist Sasha Johnson has appealed for witnesses to her shooting to come forward.

The 27-year-old remains in a critical condition in hospital after being shot in the head at a party in Peckham, south London, in the early hours of Sunday May 23.

Her mother, Ellet Dalling, released a statement through the Metropolitan Police that said: “What has happened to Sasha has left us devastated. She is currently fighting for her life in hospital, with two children asking where their mummy is. What do I tell them?

“Someone must have information to what happened and to come forward.

“Sasha is passionate about standing up for others; please come forward and stand up for Sasha.

“Come forward to help us. I know it is not always easy, but imagine if it was your daughter or the mother of your children. I believe there are people out there that can help.”

Sasha Johnson was involved in the protests that followed the murder of George Floyd

The activist, a member of the Taking The Initiative Party, was in the back garden of a house in Consort Road, Peckham, when a group of men burst in and opened fire.

A man in his 20s also suffered a superficial knife wound as violence erupted.

Police said there is no evidence to suggest the attack was targeted.

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Leonard said: “Yesterday marked two weeks since Sasha Johnson was shot. Although we have made a number of arrests, I am continuing to appeal to anyone who is yet to come forward to please speak with officers.

“I would also urge those who were at the party to make contact and tell us what you know. It is vital that we gather as much information as possible to establish what happened in the early hours of that Sunday morning and why.

“Sasha remains in a critical condition, and her family has been left devastated by what has happened. We are in regular contact with them and, quite rightly, they have a lot of questions that are currently unanswered. You can help us to provide them with the answers they desperately need.”

Anyone with information can call the police incident room on 020 8721 4843 quoting reference CAD 1172/23May, or, to remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.