Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was killed on a street in western Japan on Friday by a gunman who shot him from behind as he was making a campaign speech.
Abe, 67, who was Japan’s longest-serving leader when he retired in 2020, fainted, bleeding, and was airlifted to a nearby hospital. He was later declared dead after a massive blood transfusion, officials said.
The head of the emergency department at Nara Medical University, Hidetada Fukushima, said Abe suffered serious heart damage as well as two wounds to his neck that damaged an artery.
The suspected gunman was arrested at the scene and identified as 41-year-old Tetsuya Yamagami, a former Japanese navy. Public broadcaster NHK reported that he said he wanted to kill Abe for reasons unrelated to politics.