Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was pronounced dead Friday afternoon, the hospital treating him confirmed, after he was shot dead at a campaign event.
“Shinzo Abe was taken to (the hospital) at 12:20. Upon arrival, he was in cardiac arrest. Conducted resuscitation.
“However, unfortunately, he died at 5:03 pm,” said Hidetada Fukushima, professor of emergency medicine. Nara Medical University Hospital.
“One man believed to be the shooter has been detained.”
“Whatever the reason, such a barbaric act cannot be tolerated and we strongly condemn it,” Matsuno added.
Local media, including national broadcaster NHK and the Kyodo news agency, said the former prime minister appeared to have had “cardiovascular arrest,” a term often used in Japan before a coroner can formally confirm fearful death.
The attack on the man who may be Japan’s most famous politician came despite the country’s known low rate of violent crime and tough gun laws.
Abe delivered a deceitful speech at an event ahead of Sunday’s upper house elections in the presence of security officials, but onlookers were able to approach him fairly easily.
Footage broadcast by NHK shows him standing on stage as a loud explosion is heard and smoke is visible in the air.
The man is then seen being knocked down by security.
“He was making a speech and a man came up from behind,” a young woman who was present at the scene told NHK.
“The first shot sounded like a toy. He did not fall, and there was a strong explosion. The second shot was more visible, you could see the spark and smoke,” she added.
“After the second shot, people surrounded him and gave him a heart massage.”
Abe, 67, lost consciousness and was bleeding from his neck, the source said in his ruling. Liberal Democratic Party This was reported by the news agency Jiji.
A staff member at Nara Medical University Hospital told AFP, “Now we can report that his transfer here is complete,” declining to comment on the former leader’s status.