Colleagues of the BLM activist who was shot in the head in London say they've been getting messages gloating about the attack
- Sasha Johnson was shot in London early Sunday and is in critical care after surgery.
- Her political organization said it had received gloating hate messages about the attack.
- The police say they believe the attack was not targeted at Johnson.
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Sasha Johnson, who is a leading member of the Black-led Taking The Initiative Party and BLM UK, is in critical care after surgery following Sunday morning's
Johnson, 27, was shot shortly before 3 a.m. local time Sunday at a party on Consort Road in the district of Peckham, London's Metropolitan Police Service said. While the police said there was "nothing to suggest" it was a targeted attack, TTIP said Johnson had received "numerous death threats" before the shooting.
The group also said it had received several hateful messages in response to the shooting.
"Since the incident, we have been receiving emails and social media messages celebrating Sasha's attack, messages wishing she dies, calling her a racist, and wishing better luck to the shooter next time for not killing her and so on," the group said.
Insider has seen samples of the messages and has chosen not to publish them.
TTIP also said posts from a Twitter account purporting to be Johnson were circulating online. The party said the account @SashaJohnsonBLM was "not created by Sasha" and was "created to persecute her."
The account, dating back to May 2020, had two followers and was purported to belong to the "Oxford Black Lives Matter Leader." It was permanently suspended as of Tuesday.
A Twitter representative told Insider the account was suspended under its platform-manipulation and spam policy, which covers fake accounts.
Nonetheless, screenshots of the tweets - which included messages calling on white people to be enslaved - have continued to circulate widely, presented as real, and have been used to claim Johnson holds antiwhite views.
One tweet, which showed a post from the fake Twitter account and called Johnson a "Black supremacist," has received hundreds of shares.
The posts from the fake account "are not reflective of Sasha nor Taking the Initiative Party's beliefs," TTIP said.
'Nothing to suggest Sasha was the victim of a targeted attack'
In a Tuesday statement shared with Insider, Cmdr. Alison Heydari of the Met Police said the suspects were four Black men.
"A group of four Black males dressed in dark-colored clothing entered the garden of the property and discharged a firearm" on the night of Johnson's attack, she said.
Heydari added: "We are aware of Sasha's involvement in the Black Lives Matter movement in the UK, and I understand the concern this will cause to some communities - however, I wish to stress that at this time there is nothing to suggest Sasha was the victim of a targeted attack."
TTIP has questioned the police's conclusion that Johnson was not targeted, arguing that the police had not spoken with her about the threats she had received.
TTIP also objected to a Monday report by ITV News, which included an interview with a person named Imarn Ayton who identified as a friend of Johnson and said the shooting was "more related to rival gangs."
In its statement, TTIP said Ayton was not a friend of Johnson's and was not in a position to speak about the shooting.
"We are disgusted by the way that this narrative has been portrayed as a 'Black on Black crime' and a 'gang crime,' not acknowledging that this is a hate crime or a targeted attack at worst," the group said.
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