UK police and a friend say the victim, Sasha Johnson, did not appear to have been shot, but had been threatened with death in the past.
A protester who has taken part in anti-apartheid protests in Britain is in a critical condition in a London hospital after being shot.
The Taking the Initiative Party says Sasha Johnson, who led the Black Lives Matter show last year, was shot in the head on Sunday.
Police and a colleague said it did not appear to be a threat, though the party said Johnson had received “many death threats” in connection with his crimes.
The party said Johnson was “a strong, powerful voice for our people and for our community.”
Metropolitan Police said police were called to report a gunshot wound to the Peckham area of the city at 3 a.m. Sunday morning.
Police say the shooting took place near a party house and a 27-year-old woman was in hospital in critical condition after the shooting.
He did not recognize her, but said: “There is no indication that she was a victim or that the woman had received any false threats prior to this.”
Investigators have called for witnesses and have not been arrested.
His friend, Imarn Ayton, said he did not believe Johnson was the one he wanted.
“As far as we know, he was at a party,” he told the BBC.
“There was a group of terrorists who may have heard of someone in the party who did not feel well or trust him so he started driving and shot in the field, and one of the gunmen hit Sasha Johnson.
“But I don’t believe he was the one who tortured her.”
Like other countries, Britain has been plagued by war problems since the death of George Floyd, an American American, after the kneeling of a U.S. police officer in May 2020 sparked anti-apartheid protests around the world.
A large crowd at the Black Lives Matter exhibition in the UK has called on governments and corporations to inherit the British Empire and the profits the country makes from the slave trade.
Johnson was the keynote speaker at last summer’s rallies and is the leader of a new party led by the Black Taking the Initiative Party.