Shinzo Abe was shot as he gave a speech in Nara (Japan) Friday morning.
NHK reported that Abe, a 67-year-old man, suffered from cardiopulmonary arrest following an attack from the behind using a shotgun. He reportedly showed “no vital signs” upon arrival at the hospital. He was initially responsive when he arrived at the hospital. But his condition continued to decline.
Photos from the assassination of Shinzo abe.
It was believed that 2 shots had been fired from 9 feet away. NHK is told by a witness that Shinzo Abe fell to the floor after being shot twice. The attacker did not flee after being shot, but he remained there.
Tetsuya Yamagami (41), is the suspect. pic.twitter.com/gfdyYyO2X2
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Tetsuyayamagami, an in-law, was taken into police custody by the local authorities. He is a 41-year old man. Photographs of the suspect reveal that he was swiftly detained by law enforcement.
Photo taken by the suspect who shot Shinzo Abe (the Japanese former Prime Minister). It looks almost like a shotgun made from custom-sawed wood. pic.twitter.com/Uh91BKLJL1
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Abe was prime minister between 2006 and 2007, as well as again in 2012, 2012, and 2020. Abe was also a member the Liberal Democratic Party. His wife Akie Abe is his survivor. Nobuo Kishi is currently the Minister of Defense.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Read more about what is known about the shooting, the assassin, and the reaction of world leaders to the shooting, here.)