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Police arrested five suspects related to the attempted murder of Sasha Johnson, a leading Black Lives Matter activist.

Sasha Johnson was shot in the head on May 22 at a house party in Peckham. The shooting happened at 03:00 at a property on Consort Road. During the attack, a man also suffered a knife injury. She remains in critical condition and is likely to suffer long term damage. However, her situation has not worsened since.

The Metropolitan police arrested two men and three teenagers after performing a stop and search on a 17-year-old boy. Around 16:00 on May 25, officers from the violence suppression unit carried out a routine patrol. However, they arrested the 17-year-old suspect on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon as well as possession of class A drugs with intent to supply.

According to the Telegraph, investigations led officers to an address in Pecker. Police arrested three men, aged 18, 19, and 28, possession with intent to supply class B drugs. Late that evening, police arrested a fifth suspect, 25, for failing to stop after a police pursuit. Also, all suspects face charges of suspicion of affray.

All five men remain in custody on suspicion of attempted murder. According to Detective Chief Inspector Richard Leonard, “While the investigation remains in its early stages, these arrests show that progress is being made”.

By Derry Salter

Cardiff University Journalism and Communications student. Intern for MMN.

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