Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been confirmed dead after being shot, by Japanese Local Media, at Nara Medical University Hospital after he was shot at a political campaign event on Friday, July 8.
According to reports, Doctors struggled to save Abe but he died at 5:03 p.m. (0803 GMT), about five and a half hours after being shot.
Japanese media reported that a man opened fire on Abe, 67, from behind with an apparently homemade gun as he spoke at a drab traffic island in the western city of Nara.
Hidetada Fukushima, the professor in charge of emergency medicine, told a nationally televised news conference that Shinzo had no vital signs when he was brought in and that he bled to death from two deep wounds, one on the right side of his neck.
“Abe received over 100 units of blood in transfusions over four hours as he hemorrhaged from a wound in the heart, he arrived at the hospital in cardiopulmonary arrest and was never revived”, said, Hidetada Fukushima, the professor in charge of emergency medicine.
Speaking before Abe’s death was announced, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida condemned the act, he sees it as brutality, he said this while struggling to control his emotions.
“This attack is an act of brutality that happened during the elections – the very foundation of our democracy – and is absolutely unforgivable,” said Kishida.
Police said a 41-year-old man suspected of carrying out the shooting had been arrested. NHK quoted the suspect, identified as Tetsuya Yamagami, as telling police he was dissatisfied with Abe and wanted to kill him.
Also, the police said the suspected shooter was a resident of Nara. The Media said he had served in Japan’s military for three years until 2005. Defence Minister Kishi declined to comment on that.