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- Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe died less than six hours after being shot in the chest and neck while delivering a speech at a campaign event in the Japanese city of Nara at around 11:30 a.m. JST.
- Abe, 67, succumbed to two gunshot wounds at a local hospital, where he was declared dead at 5:03 p.m. JST.
- Two security officers can be seen tackling the suspected shooter, who was later identified as 41-year-old Tetsuya Yamagami, in video footage that has been quickly circulating online Friday morning.
- Yamagami, who reportedly used a homemade gun and previously worked for Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force, told investigators that he wanted Abe dead because he was dissatisfied with him.
- Prior to the confirmation of Abe’s death, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida delivered an emotional message condemning the shooting, saying, “This attack is an act of brutality that happened during the elections – the very foundation of our democracy – and is absolutely unforgivable.”
- Abe was the longest-serving Japanese prime minister in history, serving two terms in office before stepping down in 2020 due to health concerns.
Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe died less than six hours after getting shot in the chest and neck while delivering a speech at a campaign event on Friday morning.
Abe, 67, was campaigning for a parliamentary election in the Japanese city of Nara at around 11:30 a.m. JST when a man shot him from behind with what was reportedly a homemade gun.