In Nara City on Friday, Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was attacked by an unidentified individual.
He was brought to the hospital and later pronounced dead after the severity of his injuries.
The event is alleged to have occurred at 11: 30 a.m. Photos of Abe, 67, bleeding from the chest after he was shot were widely shared on social media by local news outlets.
According to reports, a shotgun was used in the shooting. In addition, witnesses who were on the scene reported hearing two rounds of gunfire.
Who Shot Japan Ex-PM Shinzo Abe?
Tetsuya Yamagami, a 40-year-old Nara man, has been identified by Japanese authorities as the assassin of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
While Abe was giving a speech outside the Yamato-Saidaiji Station in Nara City, Yamagami opened fire on him with a shotgun. Photos from Japanese news organizations show that Abe was bleeding from the chest as he fell to the ground.
As part of his re-election campaign, Prime Minister Abe was on the campaign trail for the forthcoming Upper House elections.
Yamagami was taken to Nara Nishi police station on suspicion of attempted murder and is now being held there. The gun was also confiscated by the police, and it looks to be a handcrafted weapon.
Yamagami allegedly stated that he shot former Prime Minister Abe because he was unhappy with him. According to NHK, police officers at the station are listening to Yamagami.
Until roughly 2005, Yamagami worked for the Maritime Self-Defense Force, according to a report by the Japanese news agency NHK.