The prominent UK Black Lives Matter activist who is in critical condition after she was shot in the head on Sunday had previously received “numerous death threats,” according to the group with which she worked. 

The Taking the Initiative Party said Sasha Johnson, who played a leading role in Black Lives Matter protests last year, was shot in the head on Sunday. She underwent surgery on Monday, the party said in a social media post. 

Police and a friend said it did not appear to be a targeted attack, though the party said Johnson had received “numerous death threats” related to her activism before the shooting. 

Johnson was a speaker at rallies last summer and is a leader of the newly founded, Black-led Taking the Initiative Party.

The party said Johnson was “a strong, powerful voice for our people and our community.”

One of Johnson’s friends, Imarn Ayton, told the BBC she did not believe Johnson was the intended target.

“As far as we are aware, she was at a party,” she reportedly said. “There was a rival gang that may have heard about someone being in that party that they didn’t feel quite comfortable with or trusted and so they resorted to driving past and shooting into the garden, and one of those shots hit Sasha Johnson.