The ‘devastated’ mother of Black Lives Matter campaigner Sasha Johnson has made a desperate appeal for witnesses.
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.
Sasha’s mother Ellet Dalling said the family is devastated and do not know what to tell her three children who have been asking where their mummy is.
Sasha, who is a prominent activist and 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.
‘Come forward to help us,’ Ms Dalling pleaded. ‘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.’
Detective Chief Inspector Richard Leonard also urged people to come forward and help the family get the answers ‘they desperately need’.
He 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 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.
‘Were you in the vicinity of Consort Road, or did you see anyone fleeing the area? Please do the right thing and call us, or Crimestoppers.’
A week after the attack, a vigil was held at a bandstand in Denmark Hill’s Ruskin Park, close to the hospital where Sasha is being treated. They played drums, made speeches and prayed for her to pull through.
Police have arrested five men in connection with the incident so far. Four of them have been released on bail.
Cameron Deriggs, 18, was charged with conspiracy to murder and appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, where he was remanded into custody.
A Met Police spokesman added: ‘Inquiries continue to establish a motive but at this stage, there is nothing to suggest that Sasha was the subject of a targeted attack.’
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