Suspect in ex-Japan PM Shinzo Abe’s shooting arrested, gun recovered

Police said a suspect was arrested after former Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo was shot at during an election campaign on Friday.

Security officials capture the suspect (wearing a gray shirt) after Former Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo was shot on July 8 (Photo from @asahicom on Twitter)

Shortly after former Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo was shot at while making a speech for an election campaign on Friday, police said they have taken Tetsuya Yamagami, a 41-year-old man into custody in connection with the shooting.

Yamagami was overpowered by security personnel at the scene and taken into custody. Police also retrieved a gun from where Abe was shot at.

Officials said Abe was taken to a hospital and the fire department said he is showing no vital signs. Abe was supporting a Liberal Democratic Party candidate’s election campaign. He collapsed at around 11: 30 a.m.

The fire department says he is in cardiopulmonary arrest. He is scheduled to be taken by medevac to a different hospital. Police say Abe appears to have been shot from behind with a shotgun.

An NHK reporter who was at the scene says Abe was bleeding. The reporter heard what sounded like gun going off twice.

The site is near Yamatosaidaiji Station in Nara City.

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